Okpara's On Board

Texas prep cornerback Ugo "Junior" Okpara (6-1, 180, 4.48) chooses Arkansas over Nebraska, Virginia and Boston College and becomes the fifth player this week and 15th overall in the 2008 class to commit to the Razorbacks.

And the hits just keep on coming.

Texas prep cornerback Junior Okpara (6-1, 180, 4.48) continued the University of Arkansas grid recruiting momentum Thursday morning when he publicly committed to the Razorbacks.

Okpara, regarded as one of the nation's top 25 high school cornerbacks by Scout.com, becomes the fifth player to commit to the Razorbacks this week and the 15th overall in the 2008 class.

"My visit last week to Arkansas surprised me and greatly exceeded my expectations," Okpara said. "it went great and I just love everything about the place. It's where I need to be."

Okpara, a lock down cover corner from Sugarland's Dulles High, chose the Razorbacks over Nebraska, Boston College and Virginia.

He had planned to make visits to Nebraska and Virginia, but has decided against doing so now.

"I am not going to be able to take any other visits because my parents are doing to be traveling and we're about to start practice," Okpara said. "But I feel like I am making an informed decision because I have done a lot of research on all four of the schools."

It certainly didn't hurt Arkansas that he got a close-up look at the campus and head coach Houston Nutt's program last week and that he has developed a great relationship with UA assistant Chris Vaughn.

"It was just so nice," Okpara said. "I got a chance to meet with some of the players, coaches and got to have a nice meeting with Coach Nutt at the end. He and Coach Vaughn are just great and the kind of people I want to play for.

"They have great facilities with the weight room, the indoor and outdoor fields, a great strength coach (Don Decker) and I got to see how nice the dorms were," Okpara said. "I also got to meet with the academic people and came away very impressed with what they have to offer in terms of an education."

Okpara had 61 tackles last season, three pass break ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He has also shined in the classroom with a 3.4 grade point average and has already posted a qualifying score of over 1,000 on the SAT.

"It feels real good to know where I am headed," Okpara said. "Now I can just concentrate on having a great senior season."


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