The most immediate impact that new University of Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring has had on the recruiting trail was a stop in the home of Houston Yates linebacker Tyrell Graham.
Graham (6-4, 215, 4.6) can't say enough about that night last week when Herring and Razorback recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn dropped by his house.
"He and Coach Vaughn - who I really like - came in and told me straight up that they want me to come to Arkansas and that I was their guy," Graham said. "Coach Herring told me I would not fail with him. He said we were going to work me hard and that if I put the effort into it, I could one day challenge for the Butkas Award as the best college linebacker in the country. They blew me away."
Graham, who played his junior season with a broken wrist, will visit the University of Arkansas on Jan. 21-23 - his only other official visit besides one he took to Kansas State in December.
Graham says there's really no reason to make any other visits.
"Arkansas has everything I want," Graham said. "It's a great school with great coaches, it's in the SEC and they hate Texas - just like I do."
That would be the Texas Longhorns, the dominant college football team in his state.
"I just hate all that orange and all those people around here talking about them," Graham said. "I know the people in Arkansas hate them, too. All I have got to say is that Arkansas has beaten them three of the last four times they played and it would have been four of four if (Arkansas quarterback) Matt Jones hadn't fumbled late in the game."
Although the series between the two has concluded, its likely the pair could meet in a bowl during Grahams time in college.
"I'd love to get them on field and make it four or five," Graham said.
If it sounds like Graham has already made a choice, he stresses that its not official yet.
"I'm going to take my visit up there, look everything over and then announce my decision," Graham said. "I will say I know they have everything I am looking for in a school including the opportunity to play early."
Yates finished 10-3 this season, losing in the third round of the playoffs.
"I think we should have won state, but it didn't work out that way," Graham said. "It was a pretty good season, but I am all about winning it all."
There's a good reason that Arkansas is so interested in Graham.
"The best part of my game is finding the ball, getting off blocks and using my speed to make tackles from one side of the field to the other," Graham said. "I know I am going to have to put some weight on to play with the big boys in college, but I will. I'll get stronger and hope to have a big-time career on the next level."
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
TCU vs Iowa State primerAfter falling in double-overtime to Arkansas, TCU looks to get back to their winning ways against Iowa State.
Horned Frog Insider09/15/2016
The Ultimate Midlands TeamThere is a lot of talent in the Midlands region, with a vast majority of the highest rated recruits playing high school football in the Lone Star State. Which prospects made the…
These rival helmet color swaps are revoltingSwapping rival teams' helmet colors? It shouldn't have been done, but someone did it anyway.
Post-July 2017 Top 100 Player RankingsWith the July evaluation periods, Nike Skills Academy, adidas Nations and Under Armour's Elite 24 over, Scout's basketball recruiting team has updated the 2017 top 100. DeAndre…
2017 South Region Top 150The stars are lined up in the 2017 South Top 150 and you can see the full pre-season list here...