Arkansas added another wide receiver to its 2017 recruiting class Tuesday.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College wideout Jonathan Nance (6-1, 181, 4.44) became the Razorbacks’ ninth overall and fourth receiver commitment for the class when he announced his decision on Twitter.
“I felt like it was a good decision to take their offer,” Nance said. “It’s an SEC offer and you always hear about Arkansas when it comes to football and I feel like it’ll be a good school to go to.”
Nance, who caught 31 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman at MGCCC, chose Arkansas over offers from Colorado State and Troy.
He began his career as an early enrollee at Southern Miss, but transferred after the spring 2015 semester because the Golden Eagles were playing him at corner.
If the Razorbacks get their way, Nance won’t be the only player from Mississippi Gulf Coast to come to Fayetteville. Arkansas has also offered Bulldogs wide receiver Brandon Martin, defensive end Isaiah Buggs and offensive lineman D’Marcus Hayes.
“We talk about it all the time, about going to the same school and how it would be cool for us to play together again,” Nance told Hawgs Illustrated last week. “They’re all considering it, too, but we’ll see how it all goes.”
Nance is on track to graduate in December and said Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith had been trying to get him to pull the trigger on his commitment for a while.
“He was just telling me to go ahead and call in to coach (Bielema) and hurry up and get it done,” Nance said. “He told me they were ready for me to join the family of being a Razorback.”
He joins Pulaski Robinson’s Koilan Jackson as the only true wide receiver commits for Arkansas’ 2017 class, but athletes Jarrod Barnes from Cabot and Devion Warren from Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish are also expected to play receiver in college.
The quartet will be a welcome addition in the offseason, as the Razorbacks will lose five receivers – Keon Hatcher, Eric Hawkins, Cody Hollister, Drew Morgan and Dominique Reed – to graduation after the 2016 season.
“Coach (Smith) told me they’re losing five receivers,” Nance said, “so I’m going to come in and try to earn a spot early.”