Whitfield Impressed by Spring Game

Less than a week after sending his film to Arkansas coaches, Spiro, Okla., safety McKinley Whitfield was in Fayetteville taking in the Razorbacks' Red-White spring game.

Less than a week after sending his film to Arkansas coaches, McKinley Whitfield was in Fayetteville taking in the Razorbacks' Red-White spring game.

The 6-3, 190-pound athlete from Spiro, Okla., has an offer from Navy and has drawn interest from Memphis and Oklahoma State, but his film was enough to earn an invite to the spring game.

"I had a great time," Whitfield said. "I love the fan base. I've never seen anything like that before."

During his visit, he met tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr., defensive coordinator Robb Smith and defensive backs coach Clay Jennings. Whitfield said that all of the coaches liked his size and would be in touch with him.

The visit was also his first time on the University of Arkansas campus and he said the facilities impressed him.

"The indoor field was amazing," Whitfield said. "The players lounge, wow, I could be there all day."

Whitfield's trip to Fayetteville came a couple weeks after a visit to Oklahoma State and about a month after one to Memphis.

While he plays all over the field for Spiro High School, Whitfield said he hopes to play safety or wide receiver at the next level and that most college coaches are recruiting him as a safety.

Under the leadership of Smith and Jennings, both of which are recent hires by head coach Bret Bielema, the Razorbacks' defense intercepted four passes during the Red-White game.

"Their defense was really physical," Whitfield said. "I love the safety spot at Arkansas."





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