Arkansas has added another hometown hero to its 2015 commit list.
Fayetteville safety/outside linebacker Dre Greenlaw (6-1, 220) committed to the Razorbacks on Thursday night to become the 16th pledge in the 2015 recruiting class.
Greenlaw, who chose Arkansas over offers from Georgia, Washington State and others, joins Fayetteville tight end C.J. O’Grady as a Razorback commit.
"I think I want to stay home and be able to play in front of my family so I wanted to commit to the Arkansas Razorbacks," Greenlaw said. "It's awesome. It's something that I have always wanted to do since I was a young boy. It is just something that I have worked for."
He noted that a recent conversation with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema assured him of his decision.
"Just after taking to Coach B and him just being real with me," Greenlaw said. "He thinks I can play either safety or linebacker and that means a lot because it kind of gives me options. It was just the way they recruited me. I have been talking to them since my sophomore year and they have kind of showed love to me.
"I have got faith in Coach Bielema and I have got faith that they have got the program headed in the right direction," Greenlaw added. "I feel like the Arkansas Razorbacks is definitely my right choice."
He had been committed to Arkansas State since the spring, but de-committed from the Red Wolves soon after getting his Razorback offer on Oct. 9.
His adopted father is former Arkansas quality control assistant and current Arkansas State defensive line coach Brian Early.
"He (Early) was fine with it," Greenlaw said. "He told me he was going to support me in any decision that I made. He said he would be fine with whatever I did as long as I was happy about it and I don't regret it. He said that was the most important thing.
"He, of course, wanted me to go to A-State, but he said it is not what he wants, it's what I want and I told him that this is what I wanted."
He has some 60 tackles with four interceptions so far this season for Fayetteville (6-1, 3-1), who visits 7A-West conference foe Rogers Heritage on Friday night.
"It is kind of God-given ability, some of it, but a little bit of it is just preparation and listening to the coaches," Greenlaw said. "That helps me play fast. I watch film to find out what is going to happen before it happens."
His teammate O'Grady had been recruiting him for the Razorbacks even before he had an offer from Arkansas.
"He was pumped, real pumped," Grenlaw said. "He has been pushing me even when I didn't have the offer. He has just been telling me 'you are going to be a Hog' and 'I can't wait for you to be a Hog.'"
Greenlaw’s commitment means the Razorbacks have pledges from nine of the 10 in-state players they have offered in the 2015 class.
Nashville wideout LaMichael Pettway – the lone holdout so far - is down to Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Greenlaw had 108 tackles as a junior with three interceptions as a junior.
He noted running the A on Game Day will be a huge thrill for him.
"It ls going to be a dream come true," Grenlaw said. "It is going to be awesome."
Greenlaw Commits to Arkansas
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