Byron Keaton had several offers coming out of high school, but none were at the FBS level.
The Camden Fairview cornerback turned down scholarships from Eastern Illinois and a few Division II schools to be a preferred walk-on at Arkansas.
“I just wanted to play at the highest level,” Keaton said. “I felt like I could play at the SEC level. Plus, being from Arkansas, it’s the home state school. I wanted that opportunity.”
Kent State was close to offering him, but Keaton (5-10, 175, 4.67) said the Golden Flashes came along too late in the process.
He also wanted to play for Robb Smith’s defense, which he said he enjoyed watching last season.
Playing for the Razorbacks gives Keaton a chance to team up with Dominique Reed, a second cousin. Reed, a three-star wide receiver signee from Coffeyville Community College, is a Camden Fairview alum, as well.
“We talk a decent amount, he lets me know when he’s coming to Camden and we hang out some,” Keaton said. “He was closer to my brother’s age. I’m looking forward to competing against him.”
Keaton wasn’t able to come to the Razorbacks’ annual Red-White spring game because it was the same day as his high school prom.
After playing point guard during basketball season, Keaton is nearing his graduation date – May 15. Then, just nine days later, he’ll be in Fayetteville.
“I’m excited to start a new chapter and open new doors,” Keaton said. “It’s something you have to do.”
Keaton Excited for Walk-On Opportunity
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