Saint Francis (WI) offensive lineman Jose Valdez committed to the University of Arkansas on Thursday afternoon.
Valdez (6-6, 310, 5.2) did so during a home visit from offensive line coach Mike Markuson and then called off an official trip to Indiana this weekend.
"He was very excited that I decided to go ahead and commit," Valdez said. "It's a great school and I am looking forward to moving to the South from up here and making a lot of new friends and playing football for a great program.
Valdez was recently named first-team all-state on both offense and defense by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and also a unanimous pick on the Associated Press first-team offensive line.
Valdez, who visited Arkansas officially on Dec. 3-5 and had also visited Northern Illinois, becomes the 15th prospect in the 2005 class to pledge to sign with the Razorbacks.
Nimble enough to play basketball, he also had scholarship offers from Indiana, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and Ball State.
"Arkansas is obviously the best one of thoses, although they are all very good schools with good football programs," Valdez said. "I'm excited about playing in the SEC and will spend time getting ready by working on my strength and speed."
He becomes the fourth offensive lineman to commit to Arkansas along with Russellville's Joey Crossland (6-6, 302, 5.2), Richardson (Texas) Pearce standout Colin Tucker (6-5, 282, 5.2) and Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay's Michael Aguirre (6-5, 305, 5.2).
Bryant's Nathan Parsons (6-8, 330, 5.35) has also agreed to walk on next season.
"One thing they won't have to worry about is me getting after it," Valdez said. "I like to be aggressive and like to deliver the hit instead of take it. I think Arkansas is going to be a great fit for me."
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