Junior Get-Together

UA offensive line commit and Fayetteville star Colby Berna (6-4, 275) was one of several junior grid standouts and at least one sophomore that were able to make it up to Fayetteville on Saturday to meet with the Razorback coaches and take in the hoops game.

While the big boys keep coming after Fayetteville offensive lineman Colby Berna, he continues politely to tell them thanks – but no thanks.

Berna (6-4, 275) – one of two University of Arkansas 2009 commits already on board – was one of several standout juniors and at least one big-time sophomore on unofficial visits this weekend for the Razorbacks' basketball game with Auburn.

That was after a week when USC, Missouri and Ole Miss all called – joining Kansas State, Mississippi State, and several others – wanting him to take a good, hard look at them before making his decision final.

"I just tell them thanks, but I am a Hog through and through and nothing is going to change my mind," Berna said. "It's kind of cool to be wanted by all the big schools, but I am going to Arkansas and there is no use in wasting any of those coach's time because I am not going to change my mind."

Berna joined other in-state junior recruits such as Bryant safety Dijon Benton, Lake Hamilton quarterback Phillip Butterfield, Fort Smith Northside running back Semaj Edwards, fellow Fayetteville standouts Cody Hammer and Addison Ginnaven, Springdale star LeDarius Eckwood and Vilonia lineman Tyler Stauch.

Little Rock Christian sophomore tailback Michael Dyer also made it and was offered a scholarship according to Berna.

"I got a chance to talk to him after he got his offer and he was very excited about it," Berna said. "He seems like a real nice guy and I am going to get his number and do what I can to help recruit him."

A quartet of West Helana players – including UA cornerback commit Darius Winston – were unable to make it because of the weather.

There were also a few out-of-state guys who made it in per Berna.

"I think there was probably 25 to 30 guys there all together, but it was mostly just guys from the Northwest Arkansas area or nearby," Berna said.

The recruits – some meeting new UA head coach Bobby Petrino for the first time - arrived around 1 p.m. and went home after the hoops contest.

"There was like a meet-and-greet at first and then Coach Petrino came in and just went over his philosophy and the things he wanted to do here," Berna said. "We then went with our position coaches for about an hour session, toured the facilities, they fed us and we went to the game."

Arkansas will hold an official junior Day on April 26, the date of the Red-White game that concludes the UA's spring practices and Razorfest.

Berna plans to be busy before that day and told UA recruiting coordinator Tim Horton he wants to be a big recruiter for the Razorbacks.

"Coach Horton introduced me to a bunch of people and said they might be offering some that were there," Berna said. "I'm going to call them and do my best to help get them on board and let them know how great things are going to be up here."


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