One of Arkansas’ wide receivers commits who got his first look at the campus this past weekend has decided to finish up his high school career in Texas instead of Las Vegas.
Maleek Barkley (5-11, 185) is returning to Lake Travis High – where he has played the last three seasons – after transferring earlier this year to Bishop Gorman in his birthplace of Las Vegas.
“I am back at Lake Travis now and I just feel like that is the best place for me,” Barkley said Sunday. “I’m excited about the talent we have coming back and how good we can be.”
His visit to Arkansas assured him that Fayetteville is the right place for him to spend his college years instead of Arizona, UNLV, and Texas State.
“I just really feel comfortable there at Arkansas,” Barkley said. “It feels like home already. I loved the campus and the fan support and the way everything is set up.
“I just feel like it is going to be a great place for me the next three or four years.”
Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith has Barkley excited about the possibility of early playing time in 2017 since the Razorbacks have five senior wideouts in 2016.
“That’s the plan,” Barkley said. “Coach Smith has told me that me that he wants to get me in and have me play as a freshman. He wants me to get ready and be the baller that he thinks I can be right away.”
He made the visit to Arkansas with Lake Travis junior quarterback Charlie Brewer.
“He is a really good quarterback and is getting some attention, but I think he is being under-recruited right now,” Barkely said. “He loved Arkansas, too.”
Barkley caught 55 passes for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and filled in at tailback late in the season while rushing for 617 yards and 10 more scores.
He scored 13 touchdowns alone in the Cavaliers’ five playoff wins – a streak that ended with Katy downing Lake Travis 34-7 in a match-up of teams with 15-0 records.
“I’m looking forward to going out and having another great season for our team,” Barkley said. “Then I am going to come to Arkansas and try to get things going right away.”