The Barnett Brothers

Texarkana running back Brandon Barnett goes public with his commitment to sign with the Razorbacks and plans to be the first of two in his family to don an Arkansas jersey.

The way Brandon Barnett sees it, University of Arkansas football fans are going to see plenty of his family on the football field in the next several years.

Barnett, a 5-9, 188-pound tailback with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash who rushed for over 1,200 yards this season, went public Thursday with his commitment to the Razorbacks, who now have 16 verbals pledges in the 2005 class.

He was the Arkansas state champ in the 100-meter dash last year and also plans to run track at the UA.

"I actually told the coaches for sure on Wednesday and was going to wait until this weekend to announce it, but since you all you guys are calling me, I might as well go ahead and let everybody know," Barnett said. "I have always loved the Razorbacks and can't wait to play for them."

Barnett is the younger brother of for Texarkana star noseguard Freddie Barnett (6-1, 305), who signed with Arkansas last year before detouring to Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College and having a banner year.

The older Barnett shined at TVCC this season and earned first-team All-Conference honors after racking up 51 tackles and recording six sacks. He plans to sign with Arkansas again in 2006 and be ready to hit the field as a junior later that year.

"If I take care of my business they say they will still be there for me," Freddie Barnett said earlier. "That's the only place I want to play so I am going to make sure I take care of my business."

Brandon Barnett, who also took an official visit to Houston and got interest from Arizona as well, says that would just be ideal for him.

"I'll get up there and then my brother will make it up the next year and we can play on the same team together once again," Barnett said. "We both feel like we can make a difference on the next level."

Barnett, who finished his careeer with a 166-yard performance against then-No. 1 Springdale in the state playoffs, knew all along that he would end up at Arkansas playing for Razorback head coach Houston Nutt.

"Hey, the visit to Houston was great and they have a great school," Barnett said. "But it's always been about Arkansas and playing for them. I knew for sure when I got up there and Coach Nutt showed me much respect as a man."

There has been much speculation as to whether the younger Barnett will be eligible next season. He says that's his plan.

"My core classes are just fine, but on mt last ACT I came up one point shy," Barnett said. "I'm now taking some classes to better prepare for it and I'll take it again before too long. I'm also going to take the SAT soon after that. I'll just keep working and get it done."

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