Arkansas basketball signee Jimmy Whitt of Columbia, Mo., Hickman and 12 football signees moved into their dorms over the Memorial Day weekend and will soon start summer school and workouts with their teammates.
Those gridiron newcomers include scholarship players in Dallas Bishop Lynch tailback Rawleigh Williams, tight ends Austin Cantrell of Roland, Okla., and C.J. O’Grady of Fayetteville, wide receivers Deon Stewart of Highland and LaMichael Pettway of Nashville, Conway offensive lineman Colton Jackson, safeties Dre Greenlaw of Fayetteville and Willie Sykes of Houston Spring.
There’s also Junction City defensive end Jamario Bell, Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County defensive tackle T.J. Smith, linebacker Kendrick Jackson of Haynesville, La., and Wachula, Fla., linebacker Derrick Graham.
Also arriving were a pair of walk ons in North Little Rock linebacker Tyler Phillips, Camden Fairview cornerback Byron Keaton and deep snapper George Madden of Blanchard, Okla.
The rest of the signees will arrive June 28 for the start of the second summer semester.
Those who will arrive in June are Coffeyville, Kan., Community College wide receiver Dominique Reed, cornerbacks Nate Dalton of Houston Cypress Falls and Fort Myers, Fla., Island Ryan Pulley, Los Alamitos, Calif., punter Blake Johnson and Corning walk on offensive lineman Klint Harvey.
Eight Razorback scholarship players and one walk on enrolled in January – Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Florida prep offensive linemen Jalen Merrick and Josh Smith, Texas prep center Zach Rogers, Dumas tight end Will Gragg, Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean, defensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt of Denmark and Jeremiah Ledbetter of Hutchinson, Kan., CC and walk on cornerback Reid Miller, a teammate of Froholdt’s last season at Brandenton, Fla., IMG Academy.
The Razorback Equipment department got things all lined up for the latest newcomers last week.
Whitt got his high school diploma on Saturday, moved on Sunday and woke up in Fayetteville for the first time as a collegian on Monday.
Whitt's parents took a picture with their long time friends the Watkins and their two sons before heading back home.
Wakin up to the Arkansas air got me feelin some type of way haha Blessed to see another day of opportunity.— Jimmy Buckets (@JimmyWhitt33) May 25, 2015
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We are leaving Jimmy "Buckets" Whitt in good hands @ Univ of Arkansas!! pic.twitter.com/CmB3OPMMgu— Coach Whitt (@cPhaseSports) May 25, 2015
Cantrell will be bringing a new tattoo along.
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Lovin the new tat! pic.twitter.com/MijJfsWXvt— Austin Cantrell (@Austin_C44) May 21, 2015
Like many of his new teammates, Sykes got together with several of his friends before heading to Fayetteville.
Smith also got his diploma this past weekend.
He was also very clear about his decision to leave Georgia for Arkansas.
Me and Pop at graduation today. pic.twitter.com/K4xWSbPvly— TJ Smith (@FrankWhite63) May 23, 2015
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I made the right decision.— TJ Smith (@FrankWhite63) May 13, 2015
Phillips arrived after competing in last week’s Arkansas High School Decathlon.
Williams will go to his first college class on Tuesday when some seniors are still attending their last high school ones.
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Crazy how some schools still haven't had graduation and I start my first college class tomorrow lol— Rawleigh III. (@The3rdRawleigh) May 25, 2015
Greenlaw celebrated his 18th birthday right before moving down the street to college.
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18 and still going strong ?? Happy Birthday to me!— Dre Greenlaw (@DreGreenlaw) May 25, 2015
It seems that tight end C.J. O’Grady, Greenlaw’s high school teammate, is already aware of how being late for a strength and conditioning workout is not an option in college.
Bell and Stewart both acknowledged it’s time both literally and figuratively.
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Bout to make that next big move n life— God's Child (@JamaripbellBell) May 25, 2015
and I'm finally here... ?? https://t.co/nDmynzqmOJ— Primetime (@DeontaeStewart) May 25, 2015