Arkansas' football coaches were celebrating Friday night after adding one of their top targets in the 2017 class.
Arizona Western star Jeremy Patton (6-6, 248, 4.58) - Scout.com's top junior college right end someone who is slated to be a mid-term graduate next December - announced his decision via Twitter while still in Fayetteville on his official visit.
Patton, who had 17 catches for 316 yards and four touchdowns last season while playing at 215, had taken official visits to Louisville and Auburn earlier this month and also had offers from Alabama, USC and Ohio State among his 27 offers'
“Everything from the community to the facilities, players was just great,” Patton said. “They run a prefect scheme for me and they have the major I’m looking for. Everything is perfect. It feels like home and I’m glad to get the decision out of the way.”
Patton, who is from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, plans to study meteorology and sports a 3.1 grade point average.
“Pretty much after yesterday (Thursday) once I figured out they had the major I was looking for,” Patton said. “That was the only thing I was really worried about.”
Patton let Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and tight ends coach Barry Lunney know his decision Friday afternoon while at Bielema's house.
“They were really excited,” Patton said. “They were hyped.”
Arkansas has a long history of great tight ends with Mackey Award winners Hunter Henry and D.J. Williams as well as Chris Gragg and A.J. Derby giving the Razorbacks the most tight ends drafted by the NFL since 2001.
“I’m going to do my best to continue the tradition of the tight ends here,” Patton said.”The D.J. Williams and the Hunter Henry’s and you have Jeremy Sprinkle who’s here now and he’s going to be an NFL talent as long as he stays healthy.They’re great at developing players and I think they can get me to where I want to be.”
The Razorbacks added a cornerback pledge earlier in the day from Jenks, Okla., star Jordon Curtis (6-1, 180, 4.4).