While most of Arkansas’ football signees are already on campus, there is a handful that hasn’t arrived.
One of the late arrivals is Arlington (Texas) Lamar three-star wide receiver Kofi Boateng, who will get to Fayetteville on June 30. That doesn’t mean Boateng isn’t working toward the same goal that he would be if he were already on campus, though.
“I’ve been grinding in the weight room and running around, getting conditioned, and getting all of my things together,” Boateng said. “I’m getting my mind ready so when I step on campus, I’m ready to go to work.”
He has been using a workout program sent to him by Arkansas strength and conditioning coach. It isn’t as intense as the workouts he’ll be doing at Arkansas, but Boateng is starting to see progress.
“The majority of it is the same, but there are some things on there that I didn’t do in high school, which is kind of cool,” Boateng said. “It’s helped me out a lot. I’ve put on close to 10 pounds.”
Boateng, who was listed at 6-foot-1, 183 pounds on National Signing Day, says his weight has fluctuated between 185 and 188 pounds recently. He would like to get between 190 and 195 during his freshman season.
The Razorbacks will give him a playbook when he gets to Fayetteville and he’s looking forward to getting to work with Austin Allen, who was named the starting quarterback during spring practice.
“My impression of Austin is just like his older brother, Brandon,” Boateng said. “They’re both good in the pocket, they keep their eyes down the field and go through their progressions. He impressed me in the spring game, so I have full faith in him.”
Despite catching 112 passes for 1,805 yards and 26 touchdowns over his final two high school seasons, Boateng will have a hard time getting reps at receiver as a true freshman because Arkansas has one of the most veteran receiving corps in the country.
Led by a group of seniors – Keon Hatcher, Cody Hollister, Drew Morgan and Dominique Reed – there will be several weapons at receiver. Junior Jared Cornelius is a proven commodity, while La’Michael Pettway and Deon Stewart will likely get a chance after redshirting last season.
That doesn’t matter to him, though.
“I’m really excited about it,” Boateng said. “I’m excited to just go in and learn as much as I can, spend time in the film room, learn the playbook and learn everything I can from them before they leave, so I can take that and add on to it.”