Little Rock Mills' Elston Forte, a cousin of one of the Razorback gridiron greats, didn't go into last weekend with the idea of committing to the University of Arkansas.
But when the UA staff put an offer on the table after he attended the UA Seniors Camp and Forte then talked it over with his family, he saw no reason to not go ahead and follow in the family tradition of former UA tailback Ike Forte.
"Everything up there was so cool - the coaches, the facilities and the plans they have for the future with the new weight room and other things," Forte said. "It's a good school right now with a good program, but they have the mindset of being great and I want to be a part of that."
Forte, a 6-0, 185-pound do-it-all player for the Comets, will land at free safety for the Razorbacks.
He rushed for over 500 yards, caught passes for over 300 more and return kicks for a mindboggling 55 yard average while also racking up 44 tackles and picking off four passes.
"I play tailback, wide receiver, return kicks, free safety and a little corner back - just whatever I need to do to help us get it done," Forte said. "I love free safety because you have the opportunity to make so many plays. I am looking forward to playing it for the Razorbacks."
Forte was also considering Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Auburn and Ole Miss, all schools that he says had told him they were on the verge of extending him offers.
"But's it too late now because Arkansas is where I want to be," Forte said. "It's cool that I will be playing for my home state and my family can come see me play. It''s just a great feeling."
Forte became the ninth 2005 prospect to verbally pledge to sign with Arkansas next February, following by a day the pledges of the Richardson (Texas) Pierce duo of offensive lineman Colin Tucker (6-5, 265) and safety Matt Harris (6-2, 175).
"They are lining up a great class," Forte said. "I am very happy to be a part of it."
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