Arkansas’ 2016 recruiting class now sits at a baker’s dozen.
Kofi Boateng, a three-star wide receiver from Arlington (Texas) Lamar High, became the Razorbacks’ 13th commitment for the upcoming class Saturday.
He announced his decision on Twitter, choosing Arkansas over offers from 30 schools, including Ole Miss, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.
“The decision was not an easy one, but I feel like I made the best decision for myself and wish all the other schools the best of luck in the future,” Boateng said on Twitter.
“I’m happy to announce that I am committing to the University of Arkansas! #WooPigSooie”
Boateng said there were several factors that led to him committing to Arkansas, including the possibility of early playing time, but the coaches really sold him on the Razorbacks.
"They have a tight-knit group up there," Boateng said. "Obviously (head coach Bret) Bielema, (wide receivers coach Michael) Smith and (offensive coordinator Dan) Enos wanted me, but everybody on the defensive side of the ball was coming after me, too."
He originally named Ole Miss the leader in his recruitment, but after an unofficial visit to Arkansas in June, the Rebels and Razorbacks became co-leaders.
Despite visits to other campuses, including Ole Miss, Boateng's mind kept coming back to his time in Fayetteville.
"I liked it a lot," Boateng said. "I soaked it all in. When I went there, it was kind of rainy, but it was still a beautiful campus."
After praying about it and playing out different scenarios in his head, Boateng said he felt like Arkansas was the best spot for him.
Even though he has a good relationship with his father, he said the coaches at Arkansas are like father-figures to him and he loves the way they carry themselves.
Enos, entering his first season with the Razorbacks, and his offensive style give Boateng a feeling that he can be a dynamic play-maker in Fayetteville.
"They told me that they're trying to open up the passing game and need those guys on the outside to make plays," Boateng said. "They said, 'We need a couple more guys to open the playbook.'"
Last season, Boateng caught 66 passes for 1,023 yards and 15 touchdowns, helping the Vikings to an 8-2 regular-season record before losing in the first round of the Texas Class 6A-Division II playoffs.
Boateng is the Razorbacks’ second 2016 wide receiver commit – joining Smackover’s Jordan Jones – and second 2016 commit from Texas – joining Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson High offensive lineman Kellen Diesch.
Because of retention in Bret Bielema’s first few classes at Arkansas, the Razorbacks will likely sign only 18-22 prospects in the 2016 class, meaning there are 5-9 spots open after Boateng’s commitment.