Both the former and current University of Arkansas staffs wanted to land a tight end in the 2008 recruiting class and Bobby Petrino now has his man.
Humboldt (TN) standout Elijah Epperson (6-4, 225, 4.53) committed to the Razorbacks Tuesday night after the new Razorback head coach watched him play basketball per the Jackson Sun.
"You can tell about the way Petrino is," Epperson told Matthew Borenstein of the Jackson Sun about his future college coach who flew into Jackson and then drove to Humboldt. "You can tell he wants to win. I admire that."
Epperson, who was also selected all-state this season as a linebacker, had scholarship offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee among others.
It came down to Arkansas and Ole Miss, where former UA head coach Houston Nutt is now.
"It was a big battle between Ole Miss and Arkansas," Epperson said. "It made it very stressful on me. I had to get this stress off of my back. I have got to lead my basketball team to state."
Petrino apparently told Epperson, who had 26 catches for 685 yards and 5 touchdowns as a junior, to come ready to play.
"Petrino told me 'E.J., I'm going to get you the ball. We're looking at you to come out and play a little your frehman year,'" Epperson said. "He's going to spread me out and put me in motion. He said he is going to use me to my ability."
He becomes the 18th UA commitment of the 2008 class and is scheduled to take his official visit this weekend where he is excited about meeting current Razorback star Darren McFadden.
"I look up to him," Epperson said. "He just inspired me."
Epperson also like the fact that the Razorbacks are a one-team state.
"I love the way the state supports the university," Epperson said. "It's like a family."