Arkansas junior safety commit Derrick Munson of Metarie, La., Archbishop Rummel is all in as a Razorback even though he will be getting his first look at the campus this weekend.
Munson (6-0, 205), the New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, is one of several prospects that will be on hand for Saturday’s Red-White game at noon.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Munson said. “I am excited about seeing the campus and seeing what the school is all about. I know about the football program, but I want to get to see more about the school and academics.”
Munson, who had a whopping 158 tackles last season with 21 stops for lost yardage, six sacks and two interceptions, became the Razorbacks’ first of seven 2017 pledges when he committed to Arkansas on Jan. 29.
“I just know it is the right place for me,” Munson said. “I love the coaches, I love what they are doing with the program and I know that there will be the chance for early playing time if I put in the work.”
Munson, who also has an offer from Louisville and interest from Oklahoma, LSU, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Mississippi State, plays outside linebacker for Rummel, but is viewed as a safety prospect by the Razorback staff.
“The Razorbacks see me as a safety and I think that is the best spot for me,” Munson said. “I think my strengths are my awareness of where the ball is on the field and the way I can read plays so quickly.
“I think I am pretty explosive, but I want to get faster and even more explosive. I just want to keep getting better every day.”
Arkansas has developed a pipeline of sorts to Rummel as current Razorbacks Dwayne Eugene and Henre’ Toliver are from there and Rummel defensive tackle signee Briston Guidry will arrive in late May.
“Briston is a great football player that is very serious about the game and one that stays focused on what he is doing,” Munson said. “He and I are both looking forward to being at Arkansas and helping the others get to where we want to be.”
Rummel won state titles in 2012 and 2013, went 11-2 last season and made it to the state semifinals in 2015.
“We have 16 seniors coming back and I think have seven returning starters coming back,” Munson said. “We are going to be young, but the expectation is always to be very good."