Dodge City (Kan.) quarterback Kale Pick had a lot of travel plans this summer that included going to a plethora of different schools to help him make his college decision.
As it was, it took one simple three-hour drive to Fayetteville for the young man.
Two days after taking an unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas, Pick (6-2, 195, 4.55) - who is on pace to be a mid-term grad and go through 2008 spring practice - decided to go ahead and commit to the Razorbacks.
"I called (UA head) Coach (Houston) Nutt and (offensive coordinator) David Lee this morning to let them know," said Pick, who is actually in Iowa this weekend visiting relatives. "I'm very excited about becoming a Razorback."
Pick already had offers from Wyoming, Iowa State Kansas, Colorado State and Rice and was also drawing interest from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas State and Purdue.
But Thursday's trip to Arkansas was all he needed to know that he wanted to be a Razorback and play in the SEC.
They made us feel real comfortable," Pick added. "I had no idea that I would be interested in committing this quick, but I really like the program and where there headed and I wanted to go ahead and become a Razorback."
Pick becomes the second 2008 quarterback prospect to commit to Arkansas along with Camden Fairview's Jim Youngbood (6-3, 212) and the fifth prospect overall pledged to sign with the Razorbacks next February.
Arkansas assistant coach James Shibest – who recruits Kansas for the Razorbacks – visited Dodge City and came away very impressed and got his foot in the door.
"I really like Coach Shibest," Pick said. "I had a great conversation with him and he really sold Arkansas. He got Coach Nutt and Coach Lee to watch my highlight tape and then they came up here to watch me practice and everything just took off from there."
Pick, who was 105 of 190 passing this season for 1,779 yards and 19 touchdowns with just five interceptions, was impressed with Lee and his connection to the Dallas Cowboys.
"Coach Lee is so knowledgeable and has a very clear idea what he wants to do with the offense," Pick said. "The Arkansas offense is going to be real similar to the Dallas Cowboys with a lot of bootlegs and will be very balanced. That really fits my strength."
Pick's only camp stops this summer now will be at Arkansas instead of some 12 other stops he had planned.
"Nothing but Arkansas for me now," Pick said. "I'm all about the Razorbacks."
Arkansas Nabs Pick
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