There was quite the surprise waiting for Fayetteville High junior offensive lineman Colby Berna when he and a couple of teammates finished a 6 a.m. workout.
Berna (6-4, 275) was told to report to head coach Darryl Patton's office where the school's new Under Armour equipment was being delivered.
"I thought he just wanted me to look at the new uniforms or something," Berna said. "Then my dad (Scott) showed up, but I didn't think anything about it because he is helping fundraising for the (state championship) rings."
But when Berna arrived, he was handed the phone and told that Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton was on the other end.
"We talked for a bit and then he said here's (UA head) Coach (Bobby) Petrino," Berna said. "Coach Petrino said that he had watched my tapes and that he liked my technique and how I went hard on every play and he wanted to offer me a scholarship and they wanted me to come up Saturday."
Once Berna picked himself back up off the floor, he told Petrino how excited it was about the offer.
"I really had no idea it would happen this early and I feel very honored," Berna said. "It took everything I had right then for me not to commit immediately, but I know the right thing to do is to sit down with my parents and talk it over and then go up there Saturday and be sure of everything."
Petrino made it clear to Berna, who was already drawing interest from Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi State and Kansas State as well, what his philosophy is regarding recruiting inside the borders of the state.
"Coach Petrino told me that one of his goals is to keep all of the best players in the state and that he consider me to be one of those," Berna said. "That is a great feeling."
Berna, who also chatted with new UA offensive line coach Mike Summers, will likely bump into former Texas High and Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett on campus this weekend.
Mallett is leaving Michigan and considering a transfer to Arkansas, where the second semester starts on Monday.
He is scheduled to join his parents on an official visit beginning Friday.
Arkansas Offers Berna
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