The University of Arkansas landed a big recruit at a need position on Thursday when Texas prep linebacker Austin Moss announced he would be a Razorback.
Rockwall-Heath standout Moss (6-3, 210, 4,64), whose parents are both from Arkansas, chose Arkansas over Texas A&M, Tennessee, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor Louisville and Vanderbilt.
"Yes, he has committed to Arkansas," said Rockwall-Heath head coach Mickey Moss, Austin's dad. "He just called about an hour ago and told them. I would have been happy for him no matter when he went, but I think Arkansas is a great school and he knows that is where he wants to go."
Moss, who had a whopping 142 tackles last season for South Garland and is ranked as the 17th-best middle linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com, wanted to get his decision out of the way before practice started next week.
He is the eighth UA commit in the 2009 class.
"The toughest thing for him was saying no to the other schools," said Coach Moss, who is in his first season at coach Rockwall-Heath. "He had a lot of great opportunities at a lot of great schools , but he just has always really been in love with those Razorbacks.
"The big key, I think, was would you be happy at the school if you weren't playing football? Is it the right place? He answered those questions in his mind and so Arkansas is the place."
Moss, who took two unofficial visits to the UA campus this spring and summer and also came to the state for a family reunion, made a lot of Razorback fans happy, including his relatives in state.
"His grandpa and grandma will be just up the road there in the state and we have a lot of family there who really wanted him to be a Razorback," Coach Moss said. "He will be just about six hours from us so it will be easy for us to get up there as well."
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