If Houston, Texas, Westfield offensive lineman Toby Weathersby lands at Arkansas as many expect, it will be in large part to Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
He was already a fan of Pittman’s before his arrival in Fayetteville and his official visit added to that when he heard from Razorback tailback and fellow Houstonian Denzel Evans.
“He told me the truth,” Weathersby said of Evans. “He said you've got the best coach. All the coaches, that's the way they are now that's they way they really are. No faking or none of that.
“This place out here is legit....no show or any of that,” Weathersby added. “The coaches all have a sense of humor and that's the way they are."
In addition to Pittman being his position coach should he end up at Arkansas, Under Armour American Weathersby likes the fact that the offensive line coach is also his chief recruiter.
"That's one of the great things," Weathersby said. "He has a good background and good rep. If he is putting people in the pros and the way he act is the same way he will act later on that's major. Major recruiting positive."
Weathersby - who was awarded the Greater Houston High School Rotary Lombardi Trophy - is also a big fan of Arkansas secondary coach Clay Jennings, who used to recruit Houston for TCU.
"Coach Jennings that dude is cool," Weathersby said. "He used to recruit the Houston area a long time ago and still does. That dude is real funny.
"There's a song from Antoine to MLK and that's like a Houston song," Weathersby added. "When I first got out there, that's the first thing he said. Everything they say it is that's what it is."
Weathersby, who de-committed from Texas in early December, also has praise for the Arkansas fans and family atmosphere.
"It was pretty cool for the first time being out and experience it," Weathersby said. "Everything was like I thought it was. Met some great people out here. Back to Houston not everyone this family-orientated out there.
"This is pretty good,” Weathersby added. “Everybody know each other, especially the football team. That's all they've got out here. That was a good experience."
Weathersby is slated as the 117th-best player nationally - which would make him Arkansas' highest-ranked recruit via Scout.com - and the 10th-ranked tackle in the country.
He will make his decision public on Feb. 4, the national signing date.
"Yes it will still be a signing day decision," Weathersby said. "That will never change. Nothing has changed, I will wait until signing day and once it gets here people will know where I will be playing at."
Weathersby is a former Texas commit who de-committed from the Longhorns in early December and has plans to visit LSU and Houston the next two weekends.
Ole Miss is no longer in the picture and instead Weathersby will drop by Houston, where his former high school head coach Corby Meekin is now an assistant for new Cougars head coach Tom Herrman, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator.
"I do go to LSU next week," Weathersby said. "I will see how it goes out there. I took Ole Miss off. I won't be visiting them. I will be [visiting] UH . I will be visiting UH that last weekend. That will be a relaxation visit. Not too much pressure.
"They have a new coach and the head coach at my school he's out there,” Weathersby added. “My left tackle my junior year he's out there. It's crazy, right now I'm just taking my three visits."
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