Nashville’s Kirby Adcock made it two offensive line commits in as many days for Arkansas and six pledges overall in the 2017 recruiting class overall when he committed to the Razorbacks on Thursday night.
Adcock (6-6, 280) chose Arkansas over offers from Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech as well as interest from Tulsa, SMU and many others and announced his decision on Richard Davenports's Recruiting Thursdays radio show.
"I have actually decided to commit to Arkansas," noted Adcock, who said his mom was the deciding factor. "I had been thinking about it for a couple of days and I thought they fit academically, athletically and socially. Then my mom gave me a great analogy. She said 'if you have a girl who has all your wants and needs and another girl winks at you, are you going to go over and check out the other girl or you going to stay with the one you had?'"
Adcock committed to Arkansas just a few days after getting his offer from head coach Bret Bielema while on an unofficial visit to watch practice and meet the coaches.
"He said I had good size, good athletic ability and that I could play all the positions on the offensive line and that really adds value to me," Bielema said.
Adcock let Razorback assistant coach Barry Lunney, Jr., know Tuesday night that he was ready to commit.
"I messaged Coach Lunney and told him that I was ready to commit and the next morning he got me on the phone with Coach Bielema," Adcock said. "He (Bielema) said 'that is awesome man. I am happy to have you a part of the program and I am really excited.'"
Adcock talked about state pride being something that factored into his decision.
"You walk into any smaller town in Arkansas or even a bigger town and they have a TV and the Razorbacks are on always," Adcock said. "Everybody is right up in the TV and every time Arkansas does something good, the whole building just applauds. It is really exciting just to be in that kind of atmosphere."
The Arkansas coaches stressed to Adcock that they go slow on offering, especially to in-state prospects.
"He (Lunney) sit down with us and was talking to us about recruits in state and saying that they don't offer until it has gone through him, the position coach and the coordinator and then to Coach Bielema," Adcock said. "He just told me that if it is an in-state offer they want to be certain and don't want to take it back and that is why they take their time on in-state offers."
He expects to be much bigger by the time that he takes the field for Arkansas.
"Probably 300 to 320, but not a non-athletic 320," Adcock said.
Adcock had a chance to meet new Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson on his visit.
"I didn't know what to expect from him, but he is real personable, he relates things and I really like him," Adcock said.
He joins Marrero, La., John Ehret offensive lineman Dwayne Fisher (6-5, 300) as offensive line pledges in this class with Fisher committing on Wednesday night.
The Razorbacks also have Las Vegas, N.V., Bishop Gorman wide receiver Maleek Barkley (5-11, 185, 4.4), Cabot athlete Jarrod Barnes (5-11, 170, 4.4), Attalah, Ala., Etowah quarterback Daulton Hyatt (6-4, 180) and Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel linebacker Derrick Munson (6-2, 200) as pledges in the 2017 class.