It was kind of hard to tell who was more excited on Monday morning after a long-awaited call came from the University of Arkansas – Greg Gatson, Sr., or Greg Gatson, Jr.
The elder Gatson was a star Razorback back in the 1980s under Ken Hatfied and now the younger Gatson – an All-Memphis selection by the Commercial Appeal - is going to get a chance to follow in his footsteps.
Germantown (TN) cornerback/WR Greg Gatson, Jr. (5-11, 170, 4.4) became the Razorbacks' 26th commitment of the 2007 class on Monday morning when his dad's alma mater came through with a scholarship offer.
"I was just about to go to lunch when Arkansas called my coach and told him of the offer," Gatson said. "It is what I have been hoping for. I am real happy to get the offer and I am very honored I am going to get the chance to represent the University of Arkansas like my dad did."
Gatson, one of the better cornerbacks this past summer at Houston Nutt's Football Camp, caught 31 passes for 593 yards and 7 touchdowns and also added 43 tackles with 3 interceptions this season.
"I am just so thrilled for my son and for the fact that I am going to get to see him live out his dream of playing at Arkansas," the elder Gatson said. "We had been talking with them and have been praying that he would get this opportunity the Lord has answered our prayers. I am one proud dad and I give all the glory to God."
The younger Gatson also returned punts and kickoffs this season for Germantown, which went 6-5 this season under head coach Charlie White.
"I tell you this, he did it all for us this season," White said. "He caught the ball, he ran it, he returned punts, he played cornerback and free safety and did a great job for us with all of them. He's got such great leaping ability and he makes great plays on the ball whether they are throwing it to him or throwing it at someone he is covering."
Gatson, who had offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State per his dad, says he believes he has what it takes to be a great corner in the SEC with the addition on one thing.
"I think I have great coverage ability, great speed and great footwork," Gatson said. "Arkansas told me that the only thing I am lacking is the strength and putting on some weight. That will be able to happen once I get up there."
White agrees with that assessment.
"He has the frame to put on another 20 to 30 pounds and with that big old weight room and strength program they have up there, it won't be a problem at all," White said. "He is so young too that his body is just to mature and he's going to be just fine."
Gatson, Sr, thinks his son will have an impact in college.
"He is a very good cover corner and I am glad that is the side of the ball he is going to be playing," Gatson said. "He's a very hard-nosed kid, very tough and he'll be that kind of Razorback."
The younger Gatson said he has been a Razorback fan all his life as one might expect growing up a child of a former Arkansas player.
"I've always followed them and just love what all they have up there – a great university, a great stadium, a great weight room and great indoor and outdoor practice fields," Gatson said. "I feel really blessed that this has all worked out for me."
Greg Gatson, Jr.
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