Hogs Reel in a Big Fish

Arkansas lands its 10th commitment of the 2005 football recruiting class on Monday when Mesquite (Texas) High standout Reggie Fish II gives the Razorbacks a verbal pledge.

New University of Arkansas football commit Reggie Fish II says you would be wrong to think about throwing him back in the water just because of his size.

That's because the 5-7, 145-pound Mesquite (Texas) High wide receiving prospect with 4.4 speed, who became the Razorbacks' 10th commitment of the 2005 recruiting call when he gave his verbal pledge on Monday, says he will not let anyone outwork him or tell him he can't do something.

"Actually all my life I have been battling being undersized and I have just taken that as a challenge," Fish said. "They will tell me I am too wrong to do something and I will just go out and prove them wrong. I like to think it is because I have a great work ethic and will let no one outwork me and I am not afraid of any challenge. The Lord has blessed me and I try to go out and earn everything that is in front of me."

Fish, who got a scholarship offer from the Razorback head coach Houston Nutt after attending the July 23-24 UA Senior Camp, had also been offered a scholarship already by SMU and was in the process of scheduling official visits this fall to Missouri, Oklahoma State and Iowa when he called the race.

"I'm calling them and telling them I can't make it because I have decided that Arkansas is just the perfect place for me and I don't see any reason to keep it going any longer," Fish said. "I just consider it an honor and a privilege to be recruited by such a great program and great school and I'm going ahead and getting on board now."

Fish, who plays in the highest classification in Texas, sports a 3.2 grade point average and has already scored 850 on the SAT, and his family came up a day before the camp started to take in everything about Fayetteville.

"I got there a day early and toured the whole campus, met with some academic people and just tried to see everything that Arkansas had to offer," Fish said. "I was just real impressed with the coaches, the facilities, the emphasis they have on academics as well as athletics and the people that I met on campus."

Fish is good buddies with fellow UA commit Marcus Shavers, a 6-3, 245-pound defensive end from Allen, Texas, who made his pledge to the Razorbacks along with Allen quarterback Casey Dick (6-2, 200) earlier this summer.

"I got home and Coach Nutt called the day after and told me I had a scholarship and that they really liked my speed and the way I run routes," Fish said. "Marcus and I were both very excited about the opportunity to play together in college and I thought it over, talked with my parents and decided it was the right thing for me. Interestingly, we actually open our season against Marcus and his team."

The commitment from Fish means that Arkansas has now landed the top U.S. Army National Combine Super Athlete award winner (Shavers) and its Reebok Offensive MVP from the same event.

He sure has a big fan in Garrett Shea, the Football Director at SportsLink, who wrote this after the combine that brought 300 of the nation's top juniors together at the Alamodome in San Antonio back on Jan. 1-2.

"Reggie is an ultra quick, explosive athlete who can create instant offense," Shea writes. "What Reggie lacks in size he makes up for in speed and quickness. I can't imagine finding a quicker athlete in the country than Reggie. What is even more impressive to me is that he is an outstanding young man both on and off the field."

Fish has actually been an option quarterback in high school and rolled up over 750 rushing yards and 400 yards passing last season, but will be both throwing it and catching it this upcoming season.

"We are going to a spread offense and I am going to see time at both spots," Fish said. "That's great because it will get me some time at the spot I am going to play in college. We were 6-4 last season and have our entire offense back so we are excited about what type of season we could have."

The inevitable comparisons to former diminutive Razorback wideout J.J. Meadors have already started. "The coaches haven't said much about that, but you media guys have and it sounds like he was a great player," Fish said. "That's very nice that those things would be said and that I might be compared to him. I know that I just want to come and do my best and do what I can to help Arkansas win. It feels great to be a Razorback."

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