UA Adds Zach Attack

North Little Rock defensive tackle Zach Stadther (6-2, 275) talks about his rollercoaster last few days and how he became Arkansas' 19th commitment soon after getting offered a scholarship on Tuesday morning.

A new staff, a new offer.

That's what happened for North Little Rock defensive tackle Zach Stadther (6-2, 275), who was passed over by the former University of Arkansas staff, but scooped up by the new one.

Stadther, who was committed to Kansas until last week, confirmed that he had been offered a scholarship by Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino Tuesday morning and readily accepted.

"It's just a dream come true for me," Stadther said. "I have always wanted to be a Razorback and it didn't look like it was going to work out for me. But I got the offer from Coach Petrino abput 9:50 this morning and after a minute or two of being in shock, I committed right away."

Shock doesn't even begin to fully cover what Stadther, who committed to Kansas when no offer came from Arkansas this summer, has been through since last Tuesday.

That's when got a visit from a Kansas assistant.

"He started talking about how excited they were to be getting me and how much I would enjoy taking my official visit that weekend," Stadther said. "Then he went to lunch and came back and said "we are pulling your scholarship. We have some questions about your grades and we can't afford to take you and then you possibly might now make it."

Stadther, who said he needs simply to have a 2.0 grade point average this semester to be eligible, was understandably crushed.

"The guy who recruited me up there in the first place was Bill Young, who moved on to Miami," Stadther said. "He said they might try to pull something like this and that's just what they did.

"I was just devastated," Stadther added. "I felt so bad that I couldn't even go to school the next day. I had already turned down Oklahoma State and Arkansas State and it looked like I was just going to be left behind.

"But (North Little Rock head) Coach (Brad) Bolding called and said that Arkansas (assistant) Coach (Tim) Horton wanted to come by Thursday and talk to me," Stadther continued.

That's just what Horton did.

"Coach Horton came by and he said that the new staff really liked me and that I was high on their list for a scholarship," Stadther said. "They came down today and offered me. It's just a great feeling and a blessing the way it all worked out in the end."

Stadther, dubbed The Maniac by a former UA staff member, had over 100 tackles this season, including 35 for lost yardage, forced four fumbles and recovered one while making All-Arkansas and the Associated Press Super Team.

He will take his official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

"Coach Petrino and I talked about my visit this weekend and how I am going to come up May 19, enroll in school and get on their training program," Stadther said. "I can't wait."


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