Firey Fortson

UA point guard commit Courtney Fortson (5-11, 175) talks about how he will sign with Arkansas on Wednesday and how excited he is about the class that Razorback head coach John Pelphrey is putting together.

Courtney Fortson will soon be a Razorback.

Fortson, the 5-11, 175-pound point guard from The Patterson (N.C.) School  who committed to Arkansas in late Sept , said that he has plans to sign with the University of Arkansas as soon as possible on Wednesday morning as the week-long early signing period opens.

Fortson, the 5-11, 175-pound point guard from The Patterson (N.C.) School  who committed to Arkansas in late Sept , said that he has plans to sign with the University of Arkansas as soon as possible on Wednesday morning as the week-long early signing period opens.

"I can't wait and there's no doubt that I am signing with Arkansas," Fortson said while dismissing some speculation that he might be looking around.. "I am really excited about being a Razorback."

Fortson is off to a tremendous start by averaging 27 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds per game through The Patterson School's first four games with his team slated to play next in a tournament outside of Boston next week.

"I think my game is really expanding," Fortson said. "We shoot a lot during practice and I am to the point now that I have as much confidence in my shot as I do the fact that I can get around a guy on the drive," Fortson said. "I really think being here and going through the extensive practices that we have is making me a better player every day."

Fortson's excited about the whole Arkansas class – one that also includes the Genesis One Christian Academy pair of forward Andre Clark (6-10, 205) and guard Terrance Joyner (6-2, 180) along with New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross forward Brandon Moore (6-9, 215).

New Razorback head coach John Pelphrey and his staff are also hopeful of landing Oklahoma guard Rotnei Clarke (6-1, 180) and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College small forward Daniel Payne (6-7, 210) in the Nov. 14-21 early signing period.

"Coach Pelphrey has kept me very informed and I have called and talked to the other guys and am real excited about the whole class," Fortson said. "I think this is the start of a team - and we might get another couple of great ones - that can win not only SEC championships, but also a national one."

As for his running mate Veraz Ward, who he has played basketball with since the fourth grade, Fortson said he is still looking at three schools.

"It's been cool playing with him all this time and I think he is playing better than ever right now," Fortson said. "He's looking at Cincinnati, Arkansas and UTEP, but I don't know if he will sign during the early period or not.

"Sure I would like it if he ended up at Arkansas, but that doesn't have any effect on my decision," Fortson added. "I am signing with Arkansas."

Fortson's team is ranked No. 2 in the Scout.com prep rankings with a national tournament scheduled to decide the nation's best team in March.

"I think we can win it all," Fortson said.. "You can't concentrate on any one guy because we can all score, we all play defense and we all work hard."


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