Barnett's Ready Once More

Former Texarkana and current Butler County (Kan.) Community College running back Brandon Barnett just waiting on an official offer to once again commit to the Razorbacks.

Arkansas football picked up its second commitment for the 2007 class — sort of.

Butler County (Kan.) Community College running back Brandon Barnett (5-9, 190, 4.4), whose brother Freddie signed with the Razorbacks on Wednesday, said Saturday he would sign with Arkansas if he gets an offer, which he expects.

"When the day comes, if they ask me if I'm coming, I'm probably going to say yes," Barnett said. "That's my home, really. I signed with them out of high school and they're still my leader."

Barnett signed with the Razorbacks a year ago out of Texarkana's Arkansas High but failed to qualify academically.

He doesn't think qualifying will be an issue this time around.

"Everything's going great," Barnett said. "I'm on track to leave in December. If everything goes right, I pass all my classes, I'll be able to sign at mid-term."

Barnett redshirted last season at Butler after rushing for 1,289 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Texarkana.

"I'm ready to get back on the field," Barnett said. "I'm in the tip-top shape of my life. Butler's a good program and once I get back to Arkansas, I should be ready to play."

Barnett will have three years of eligibility left after this season.

He said he wasn't worried about an offer coming from the Razorbacks, and he's tried to keep in contact with the coaching staff to update them on his progress, especially academically.

Barnett said he was looking forward to reuniting with his brother, who signed with Arkansas for the second time last week after spending two years at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College.

The younger Barnett said going through junior college has been a positive experience so far.

"I think everything happens for a reason," Barnett said. "I'm glad I came to junior college first. It's prepared me for what I will experience. I passed all my classes. This was an experience that I needed to have before I came to Arkansas."

Paris tight end Grant Freeman committed Thursday to sign with the Razorbacks in 2007. Arkansas' coaches cannot comment on recruits until they have signed.


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