High on the Hogs

With tons of Arkansas ties, it's no surprise that Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High linebacker Austin Moss (6-3, 210, 4.64) is high on the Hogs. He talks with Hawgs Illustrated about his third visit to Arkansas in three months - a stop in Fayetteville on Wednesday - and how his family is doing its part to help University of Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff land him for the Razorbacks.

The way Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High linebacker Austin Moss sees it, he has now had three unofficial recruiting visits with the Razorbacks this spring and summer.

There was the trip to Fayetteville back during spring practice back in mid-April, a return one to the University of Arkansas on Wednesday of this week and then the family reunion over Memorial Day.

"We had a family reunion in Hot Springs over Memorial Day weekend and it might as well have been another visit for the Razorbacks," Moss said. "They all knew I had an offer from Arkansas and were all telling me how I just had to be a Razorback."

Arkansas is certainly one of the teams riding high in the mix for Rockwall-Heath prospect Moss (6-3, 214, 4.64), who visited Baylor, Oklahoma State and the Razorbacks all in the past week.

He had a whopping 142 tackles last season and is ranked as the 17th-best middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com.

"I have got a lot of schools that have offered me and wanting me to take visits, but those are the top three right now," Moss said. "I am planning on having my decision made by the end of the summer."

Moss has over 15 offers and a lot of schools still scrambling to get him to visit before he makes a decision.

"I just don't know how many places I can get in," Moss said. "I might get to go east a little and seen Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Louisville and Kansas or Kansas State, but I just don't know."

Arkansas certainly got a chance to put its best foot forward on Wednesday for Moss with head coach Bobby Petrino, defensive coordinator Willy Robinson and linebackers coach Reggie Johnson leading the charge.

"My visit to Arkansas went great," Moss said. "I got a chance to look at everything on campus. I got to check out the dorms, the academic facilties and staff, got to see how they have the hotel on campus which is real cool and I got a chance to visit will all the coaches. I think Coach Petrino has put together a great staff and really like Coach Robinson and Coach Johnson. They are both real cool.

"I had gotten to see the weight room on my last visit, but went there again and it is just amazing," Moss said. "They talked to me about it again and the training staff talked to me about it and the conditioning. Everything's just great."

Moss is well aware that Arkansas is looking for a few good men to play linebacker.

"They told me if I sign with Arkansas that I should be expecting to play my freshman year, something that is important to me," Moss said. "They have lost a linebacker and they were talking about how the two linebackers they have coming in this season as freshmen (Tenarius Wright and Jelani Smith) are both going to play this season."

There are certainly plenty of Arkansas ties when it comes to Moss.

His dad Mickey, who is the head coach at Rockwall, is a Southern Arkansas graduate and coached at Hamburg and Magnolia before moving to Texas.

His mom Sarah is a University of Central Arkansas grad who was born near Hope in Bodcaw.

In addition his cousin Jacob was a former walk on at Arkansas who lettered in 2003 and Jacob's younger brother Thomas is walking on with the Razorbacks starting next season.

He expects to hear a lot from his family over the rest of the summer.

"There is no doubt that Arkansas is where they all want me to go," Moss said. "I just tell them that the Razorbacks are very high on my list and it might just happen that way."

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