He may not be the tallest guy in the world, but for what he lacks in height Pulaski Academy's running back/linebacker Tyler Colquitt makes up for in intensity and confidence.
That's why with several scholarship offers laying on the table, Colquitt (5-11, 230) spurned them all for the chance to walk on at Arkansas next season.
"I feel like that if I was a bit taller that I would have had a lot more offers and the chance to play at a Division I elite level," Colquitt said Tuesday. "All the coaches were always talking about my height.
"But I feel like I deserve this chance and so that's why I decided to go to Arkansas and prove it to everyone," Colquitt added. "I know I can play at that level and I am going to go out and prove it to everyone."
Colquitt is coming off a senior season in which he had 118 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, seven passes broken up and two interceptions.
He also rushed for 350 yards and had seven catches for 119 yards while lining up in the backfield on offense.
That brought about offers from UCA, Murray State, Henderson, Ouachita Baptist, Southern Arkansas and others, but he chose to be a Razorback and had a signing day ceremony to celebrate that fact.
"It was a big decision and a big moment for me and I know I am doing the right thing and can play on this level," noted Colquitt, who obviously hopes to earn a scholarship from the Razorback staff sooner than later.
Bruins head coach Kevin Kelly said Colquitt has some of the same characteristics as former Pulaski Academy star and current Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry.
"He has such a competitive attitude and great character just like Hunter Henry, who they seem to like a lot up there at Arkansas right now," Kelly said. "He had a lot of offers, but he always felt like he could play at the highest level and he has always wanted to go to Arkansas and now he is going to take this opportunity to do it and try to realize his potential on that level.
"I know they are going to look at him very early at fullback up there," Kelly added. "He is as big as (former Razorback and Seattle Seahawk draft choice) Kiero Small and loves contact like he did.
"He also can not only get tough yards, but he can catch it coming out of the backfield and be a complete back," Kelly continued. "I think he will get on a weight program up there and will just be a powerful force to deal with."
Kelly thinks that Colquitt would have been more highly recruited if he had been just a little bit taller and had not run a slow 40 time in Memphis.
"He went over to a camp in Memphis and ran a slow 40 time and it seemed like the top schools backed away after that," Kelly said. "That and him being a little short was a combination that worked against him.
"But he is very quick for his size and loves the contact so he is going to be a big plus for those guys at Arkansas," Kelly said. "He has just accepted the fact that God has a plan for him and that it is all going to work out for him at Arkansas."
It's known that the Razorback staff plans to take an early look at Colquitt at fullback, where redshirt junior Kody Walker and redshirt freshman walk Chris Jones are currently slotted.
"I think I can be a good fullback or a good linebacker on that level, but Arkansas coaches are going to get me in at fullback when I get up there because they think that is where I can make the biggest impact right away," Colquitt said. "I am very excited about the opportunity and believe I am going to take it and succeed."
Colquitt is hoping to report to Arkansas this Sunday if things work out.
"The plan is to be up there Sunday, but being a walk on, I have to work things out financially," Colquitt said. "I don't know just yet, but I am going to get up there as soon as I can and get with my new teammates, work out and get in the playbook and try to be ready to play right away."
Tyler Colquitt at his ceremony after deciding to walk on at Arkansas.
Colquitt celebrates a touchdown.
Colquitt Finds Perfect Fit At Arkansas
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