Storey Ready for Senior Season

Charleston quarterback Ty Storey is ready to get his senior season started Sept. 4, when the Tigers travel to Fort Smith to play Shiloh in the Hooten's Kickoff Classic.

With summer workouts and fall camp behind him, Charleston’s Ty Storey is ready to start going against a defense other than his own.

The four-star quarterback’s first opportunity to do so will be Sept. 4, when the Tigers take on Shiloh in the Hooten’s Kickoff Classic in Fort Smith.

“We worked hard all summer,” Storey said. “I think we’re all excited. It’s always good to get that first one out of the way and hopefully we can get that W Thursday.”

Storey is coming off of a junior year in which he completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 4,241 yards and 52 touchdowns, but he said he thinks he has continued to improve and will have an even better senior season.

As the No. 16 quarterback in the country, Storey received offers from six schools, including Alabama, Auburn and Louisville. He ended his recruitment early, however, committing to the Razorbacks in June of last year and signing a financial aid agreement on Aug. 2.

“It’s definitely a relief,” Storey said. “You don’t have to worry about breaking any weird rules. It’s good to get it out of the way and kind of focus on high school football. I still get to talk to the guys in Fayetteville and communicate with them, but also get to worry about my high school.”

Charleston is only one hour south of Fayetteville, so Storey has been a frequent visitor to Arkansas’ campus, allowing him to get to know the coaches and players.

“I’ve been up here a lot and that’s one thing I’ve been thankful for, only being an hour away,” Storey said. “I’ve gotten to communicate with a lot of the players and a lot of the coaches, so we’ve really built a great relationship.”

Storey is one of the Razorbacks’ six in-state recruits for the class of 2015 and is considered the biggest “recruiter” of the other undecided in-state recruits.

Two of the highest profile players he is trying to persuade to come to Arkansas are four-star tight end Will Gragg from Dumas and four-star wide receiver K.J. Hill from North Little Rock.

“I’m just trying to get the guys that want to be there,” Storey said. “It’s not really about recruiting. They need to go where’s best for them.”

Hill, who is also considering Alabama, Florida, Oregon and Notre Dame, will announce his decision Friday at 6 p.m. and Storey is optimistic.

“If we get him, that’s definitely a plus, but he’s going to do what’s best for him and I totally respect that,” Storey said. “It’s his option, but to be able to throw to a guy like that, (would) be something special.”

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