Wilkins Makes 5

Brookshire (Texas) Royal tailback/defensive back Torian Wilkins (5-11, 185, 4.4) says he's committed to sign with Arkansas.

The best way to describe Torian Wilkins' situation right now is that he is committed to be committed.

Wilkins, a 5-11, 185-pound tailback/defensive back from Brookshire (Texas) Royal, said Wednesday afternoon that he is all set to be the Razorbacks' fifth pledge of the 2006 recruiting class.

Wilkins, who rushed for 2,046 yards and 27 touchdowns last season, just needs to make a phone connection with UA recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn.

"I'm going to sign with Arkansas for sure," Wilkins said. "I tried Coach Vaughn once and I'll do so again before too long. But you can count me as committed."

Since it is August, college coaches can not call recruits. So being officially committed means the prospect has to catch up with the coach.

Wilkins, whose brother Ernest lives across from Reynolds Razorback Stadium, visited Arkansas unofficially last week and toured the facilities and met with the coaches.

"I really like the coaches, especially Coach Vaughn," Wilkins said. "They have great facilities, they treated me real good, I've got family there and I just feel it's the right place for me."

Wilkins also had offers from Utah, UTEP and TCU.

"Arkansas has been at the top of my list from the first time they got in touch with me," Wilkins said. "After I came up here and visited I knew it was the place for me."

He got a scholarship offer from Razorback head coach Houston Nutt before he headed back home to the Houston area.

"He took me in his office and told me he wanted me to be part of the team and that I had a scholarship offer and it would come in the mail," Wilkins said. "I got it yesterday (Tuesday) and now I am ready to commit and be a Razorback."

One thing that the other three schools has done was assured Wilkins he would get a shot at running back first, but Arkansas wanted to be honest up front with him.

"No, they didn't say that for sure," Wilkins said. "But I trust them that they will treat me fairly and I will be able to help the team where it needs to be help. I just think Arkansas is the best place for me and I wanted to play in the SEC."

He does admit that he also really enjoyed the 80 degree temperatures in Fayetteville last week as opposed to the near 100 degrees he and his team have endured since practice started on Monday.

"Man, that was nice up there," Wilkins said. "It's burning up down here."

Wilkins joins Carrollton American Heritage Academy athlete Chip Gregory (6-3, 212, 4.45) as Texas prep standouts committed to sign with Arkansas.

The Razorbacks also have commitments from former Texarkana standout and current Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College defensive tackle Freddie Barnett (6-3, 300, 5.1), Pocahontas offensive lineman Jim Hart (6-7, 305, 5.3) and Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City North offensive lineman Myron McKinney (6-4, 303, 4.9).


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