Storey Keeps Piling Up Yards and Wins

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Arkansas quarterback pledge Ty Storey about his success this season and the Razorbacks' in-state haul of commits so far this season. This story is free and courtesy of the NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

Arkansas quarterback commit Ty Storey of Charleston will be back on the field on Friday, a week after he became the eighth most productive signal caller in state history while topping the career 10,000-yard passing mark.

Storey (6-3, 215 ) will then make the short trip to Fayetteville on Saturday to watch his future college team play Alabama and put work in at his second job – getting as much talent as he can around in the future.

Among the uncommitted recruits expected to be on hand are Nashville wide receiver LaMichael Pettway (6-4, 200), the only player of nine that has an in-state offer from the Razorbacks that is left to commit.

The eight already pledged are Storey, receivers K.J. Hill of North Little Rock and Deon Stewart of Highland, Dumas tight end Will Gragg, Fayetteville tight end C.J. O’Grady, Conway offensive lineman Colton Jackson, Junction City defensive end Jamario Bell and Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytreion Dean.

Pettway de-comitted from Ole Miss early this season and says he is only considering the Razorbacks and the Rebels.

“I think it is more of a pride thing than anything else,” Storey said of the in-state recruiting success. “We have seen the last few years and how they have been down years and we all want to get Arkansas back.

“We are telling them how good it is for an in-state guy to come here and really be the home town, home state hero,“ Storey added. “Hopefully we will get there together and that will make it even more special.”

Storey, part of a class currently ranked 17th in the country by Scout.com, believes that the program has started the climb back up and it has become “fun” to watch the Razorbacks again.

“It is definitely an exciting time,” Storey said Wednesday after getting an Player of the Week award at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club. “Hopefully we can keep this momentum going. We have a great class and it feels like the momentum started two years ago with this class. It is a honor to be a part of and really a fun time to be a Razorback fan.

“They are right there it seems like in every game,” Storey added. “They are 10 times better than last year. It is fun to watch again. It is definitely getting better. We are not there yet, but that is kind of to be expected with how far the program had gone down.”

It’s also a fun time to be the quarterback at Charleston, who has won its last 20 games in a row.

Storey is now 721 of 1,099 passing for 10,216 yards and 122 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. The Tigers will be back in action Friday night against Two Rivers.

Many fans are looking ahead to a Halloween night match-up between defending Clas 3A state champion Charleston and defending Class 4A winner Booneville.



“We are pretty good about not looking ahead,” Storey said. “We are only focused on Two Rivers right now and Two Rivers only. We have done a good job this whole year of that.”

Storey, who has 27 touchdown passes and three picks this season, is fifth in career completions, sixth in attempts, third in completion percentage (65.6), fourth in touchdown passes and could likely jump three places to fifth in yards with a normal next game.

“It is definitely an honor and it shows a lot about my coaches, my teammates around me, my receivers, my linemen that were blocking for me,” Storey said. “I think it is more an accomplishment for the guys that have been with me this whole time than just me.”





Ty Storey signs his Financial-Aid Agreement with Arkansas back in August.


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