Arkansas coaches want Star City four-star defensive tackle pledge Austin Capps (6-4, 315) to come in with the mindset of playing as a true freshman.
“They told me to come in thinking that I will, just work hard and see where the cards lay,” Capps said. “Last time we talked they were talking about me playing the three technique, the two or three or somewhere in there.
“…I am just really excited right now. I am ready to see where it goes from here.”
Capps, who has made numerous trips to Fayetteville in the past year, is one of five or six prospects expected to take official visits to Arkansas this weekend.
“The fans have crazy love for the Hogs,” Capps said. “It’s crazy.
“They (the coaches) treat me like family. That’s the number one thing for me.”
Those prospects will get to see at least two Razorback practices on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
That includes a trio of other Arkansas commits in Pulaski Robinson tailback/wide receiver T.J. Hammonds, Smackover wideout Jordan Jones and Madison, Miss., Central tight end Grayson Gunter.
The only non-committed prospect expected in this weekend is Northwest Mississippi Community College offensive lineman Terrance Deion Malone (6-5, 315).
Hammonds is set to arrive Saturday while the others are all due in Friday.
“I just want to see how football practice goes and stuff like that and see stuff I haven't already seen,” Capps said.
Capps had 86 tackles, 17 for lost yardage, 5 sacks, two recovered fumbles and one blocked punt while also playing offensive line during Star City’s 9-4 season that ended with a 50-21 loss at Prairie Grove.
"I thought I did well and I thought the team did well," Capps said. “I think we didn’t better than most people thought we could. I’m happy with it. It could have ended better.”
He is excited about making the transition to college.
"I will probably try to lose some weight in the off-season,” Capps said. " I weigh about 315. I want to get down to about 300. I have plans to get stronger and faster.”
He will likely already be the strongest freshman coming in during the 2016 recruiting class.
"My bench was 405-pounds," Capps said. "My squat was 600-pounds and my power clean was 370-pounds."