When asked about Arkansas’ 16-12 loss to Toledo three days after it happened, Austin Capps was at a loss for words.
After stuttering and thinking for a few seconds, the four-star defensive tackle and Arkansas commit from Star City (Ark.) finally admitted what most fans thought going into Little Rock.
“I was expecting Arkansas to come out and walk the dog,” Capps said.
Despite the loss, Capps – who became the Razorbacks’ second pledge of the 2016 class in March – remains solid in his commitment.
He reiterated that when Arkansas’ most recent commitment, Hope (Ark.) four-star defensive end McTelvin Agim, gave him a call after the loss.
“McTelvin called me and talk to me to make sure I was still on board,” Capps said. “I told him, ‘You don’t have anything to worry about.’”
In fact, having Agim – who committed before the UTEP game – as a future teammate means he is more excited that ever to be a future Razorback.
“I thought that was great,” Capps said. “I was pretty excited. Me and him are pretty good friends and I thought it was just awesome that he committed.”
The addition of Agim gives the Razorbacks three defensive line commitments in the 2016 class: Agim, Capps and Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel three-star defensive tackle Briston Guidry.
All three players have the talent to come in and play as freshmen and Capps said he is looking forward to that competition.
However, it won’t be easy to earn playing time. Arkansas rotates 11 different players on the defensive line and only two are seniors. That also doesn’t include three true freshmen that haven’t broken into the rotation.
“Playing 11 guys on the defensive line is crazy to me,” Capps said. “Everybody stays fresh… You play better when you’re fresh, instead of dragging around tired, playing a ton of plays in a row.”
Before he can worry about the Razorbacks, though, Capps must focus on his final season at Star City.
After a 38-27 loss to Lonoke to open the season, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 56-7 mercy rule win over Lake Village.
Because of the margin of victory, Capps played only eight defensive snaps, racking up two tackles. On offense, he had six pancake blocks.
“We got a little bit of that good medicine,” Capps said. “I think we should get on a good roll here.”
Star City hosts Little Rock Mills Friday.