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Razorbacks Land Linebacker LaFrance

Arkansas gets its 17th commitment of 2016 recruiting class when linebacker Giovanni LaFrance (6-1, 239) pledges to the Razorbacks Saturday while on his official visit.

Arkansas’ biggest 2016 football recruiting weekend has already landed the Razorbacks a commit at a need position halfway through it.

New Orleans, La. , St. Augustine linebacker Giovanni LaFrance (6-1, 239) announced his pledge to the Razorbacks via twitter on Saturday while still in Fayetteville on his official visit.

LaFrance talked about his commitment after finishing up his official visit.

"“The fans, the coaching, the history of Arkansas," LaFrance said Sunday. "It’s the only sports team in the state, so I love it. I can’t wait to get here.”

LaFrance, a one-time Tulane pledge, chose Arkansas over Louisville, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Utah, Arizona State and California among others.

“I’m real happy," LaFrance said. "The recruiting process was a blessing, but at the same time it was kind of stressful. All of the coaches were trying to get me to go to their school. Now that it’s over, I’m just ready to come to college and ball.”

He is Arkansas’ 17th commit of the 2016 class and the third linebacker pledge along with Alexy Jean-Baptiste of Pompano Beach, Fla., Coconut Creek, and De’Jon Harris (6-1, 230) of Marrero, La., John Ehret, who is also on his official visit this weekend.

He is excited about playing alongside Harris and both are known as big hitters.

“That’s my guy," LaFrance said. "I can’t wait to get up here with him. That's SEC ball."
LaFrance had 99 tackles this season with 5 sacks, 8 tackles for lost yardage and also scored four touchdowns while playing running back on offense.
“I’m still working on a lot of stuff," LaFrance said. "Everybody’s not perfect. My strengths are that I can read stuff quick, I love to tackle, and I’m a leader on and off the field.”

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Arkansas commits Jordan Jones of Smackover and Devwah Whaley of Beumont, Texas, Central are in Fayetteville this weekend helping the Razorback staff recruit.

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Argyle, Texax, Liberty Christian tight end Luke Laufenberg (6-4, 225), son of former  NFL player and current Dallas Cowboys analyst Babe Laufenbeg, took an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Saturday.

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