UA snags Oxner

Monticello offensive lineman Seth Oxner (6-4, 285) becomes the University of Arkansas' third committment in the 2007 recruiting class already when he pledges to be a Razorback on Thursday night.

When Monticello center Seth Oxner visited Fayetteville on Saturday for Junior Day, and received an offer from Arkansas, he had a pretty good feeling he would wind up being a Razorback.

But the 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior wanted to make sure that decision was what was right for him.

Tuesday, Oxner decided that is what he wanted to do. A day later, after Oxner played in the Class AAAA state basketball tournament, Oxner made the call to Arkansas' coaches, verbally committing to the Razorbacks.

First, Oxner called secondary coach Louis Campbell, then Houston Nutt.

"He said this is a great day in the Razorback nation," Oxner said.

While Nutt said he would tell the other Arkansas coaches, Oxner wanted to deliver the news to offensive line coach Mike Markuson personally.

As a lifelong Razorbacks fan, Oxner was thrilled just to be able to attend Saturday's event and meet the coaches.

"You see them on TV and down here in southern Arkansas, they're celebrities to us," Oxner said. "Just to shake their hand is a privilege."

Mississippi State informed Oxner by text message Wednesday that they would also be extending an offer.

"That put a little more pressure on me," Oxner said. "But being born and raised in Arkansas and growing up a Razorbacks fan, I decided I wanted to play for Arkansas."

The commitment is non-binding. Players can not sign until the opening of the signing period in early February, 2007.

Nutt made no secret during this year's signing day that his 2007 class would target linemen.

Oxner is part of a deep senior class of lineman in the state for next year. That group also includes Rogers' Lee Ziemba and Fort Smith Northside's Paul Henry, both of whom have offers on the table from Arkansas.

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