Arkansas kept its recruiting momentum going on Thursday night when Katy, Texas, three-star defensive end Ryder Anderson (6-6, 230) decided to commit to the Razorbacks.
Anderson, who Arkansas got a look at at a satellite camp in Houston on June 7, took an unofficial visit to Fayetteville earlier this week and chose the Razorbacks over Boise State, Colorado State, Yale and Harvard among a total of 14 offers.
"It just felt very comfortable and I knew that it was the right place for me almost immediately when I arrived on campus earlier this week," Anderson said. "I love the coaches and the facilities and know I am going to a place that has schools and facilities that will help me develop.
"They have a state of the art weight room that is just huge and coaches they care about just as much as a person as they do as a player. A lot of coaches say that, but they don't mean it."
Anderson's chief recruiter was Razorback secondary coach Paul Rhodes, the former long-time Iowa State head coach.
"Coach Rhodes is a great man and a great coach," Anderson said. "He was the one that really got things rolling for me with Arkansas. He is a man that I really trust.
Anderson is one of eight starters back from a Katy that went 16-0 last season and finished ranked third nationally by USA Today.
The defense allowed just 62 points overall last season and finished up with a 34-7 win over Lake Travis - the school of fellow 2017 Razorback commit Maleek Barkley - while winning its eighth state title.
"It really was a great season for us and was the culmination of a lot of hard work, really two years of getting to that point," Anderson said. "Winning the state was just fantastic and while we lost a lot of guys, we always have ones ready to step right in."