Nate Rakestraw had a really big Thursday.
Not only did the 6-5, 190-pound athletic shooting guard from Har-Ber High in Springdale take an unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas, but soon afterward he had a scholarship offer and committed right away.Nate Rakestraw had a really big Thursday.
"I feel great about it," Raketstraw said. "I have grown up a Hog fan all my life and its always where I wanted to play. I am very excited about being a Razorback."
Rakestraw actually already had a conditional offer from Arkansas to walk on for a year and then go on scholarship as a redshirt freshman, but his performance this spring and summer in AAU ball for the Arkansas Hawks turned that into a full-fledged offer to have him on scholarship right away.
"I was in a bit of a shooting slump during my high school season, but my shot has really come back to me during AAU ball," Rakestraw said. "I think they were really impressed and I started to figure things out when (Arkansas head) Coach (Stan) Heath called my dad and wanted me to come by for a visit. He wanted to know what I would think about getting an offer and committing."
Rakestraw, who averaged 15 points for Har-Ber this past season, came up to the University of Arkansas on Thursday for that visit. He has been playing some pick-up games this summer with the current Razorbacks and been to many games, but got the full tour on Thursday.
"I got a chance to tour the weight room, go to all the facilities, look over all the academic places and just liked everything I had not had the chance to check out even though I had been up there a lot," Rakestraw said. "I was impressed with everything."
Rakestraw already had offers from Arkansas State and Missouri State and had also recently been to visit Tennessee, TCU and Ole Miss.
""I've had a lot of calls lately, but I wanted to go to Arkansas all along and now I have the chance," Rakestraw said. "I won't be changing my mind."
Reebok is slated to attend the prestigious Reebok ABCD Camp July 4-9 in Teaneck, N.J. along with Har-Ber teammate Michael Sanchez (6-8, 220), who was offered by Arkansas before his sophomore season.
The pair will also be playing in AAU events in Atlanta and Las Vegas in July.
"I'm going to go to work on him now and try to get him to come to Arkansas, too," Rakestraw said.
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