Coldiron Inks With Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE -- Chad Coldiron knew when the Hogs came calling, there was no need to think about anyone else.

Coldiron -- a 6-foot senior left-handed pitcher at Fayetteville High -- got the official offer from Arkansas coaches to become a Razorback in early July and knew he would need little time to make up his mind on colleges after that.

"July 1, my phone starts ringing and Arkansas is one of the first to get in touch with me," Coldiron said. "I remember being in the hotel room getting the call. It was one of the best days of your life."

Another great day took place Thursday, when Coldiron made things official, signing his national letter of intent with the University of Arkansas, as parents, Jim and Renee Coldiron, and brother, Jimmy, joined him at the FHS Fieldhouse along with many other friends, students and supporters.

"You're always interested in Arkansas because they're the Hogs and that's who you grow up loving," Coldiron said. "The atmosphere there now is great with all the success they've had recently and coach (Dave) Van Horn and coach (Dave) Jorn will call me to see how I'm doing. I have a great relationship with them. It's just a great place and I can't wait to be a part of it."

Coldiron helped Fayetteville win a Class AAAAA state title as a sophomore. While Arkansas was an easy pick, there were other options available just in case the Hogs didn't dial his number.

"There's always other places you're looking at. SMS (Southwest Missouri) had a great offer and I had a really great visit to Mizzou," Coldiron said. "But Arkansas just stood out."

Coldiron played summer ball in Missouri and will do so again this year. And with signing day now over, he's ready for some fun on the field, starting with this year's high school season.

"I'm definitely going to have a fun senior year," Coldiron said. "I'll then be traveling a lot this summer, but I'll try to have as good of a year as I can and then bring that all back up here next fall."

Coldiron is the third Purple'Dog in as many years to sign with the Razorbacks. Current UA sophomore Blake Parker and freshman Ben Tschepikow also played at Fayetteville and originally signed with Arkansas out of high school.

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