Pulaski Academy wideout Neal Barlow has decided to add a couple of more letters on his college uniform.
Barlow (6-7, 200, 4.5) one of the top 2009 prospects in Arkansas, said that he had decided to flip his previous commitment to Kansas to Arkansas.
Barlow, who will be in Fayetteville for the Razorbacks game with Alabama this weeekend, told the Kansas coaches of his decision to de-commit on Tuesday night and then committed to Arkansas on Wednesday.
"Really the biggest factor was just seeing the new (Arkansas) offense in action and talking to some of the players up there about how things were going," Barlow said. "After I committed to Kansas, it just didn't feel right for some reason so I did some more research on different teams and just feel like Arkansas is the best place for me."
He becomes the Razorbacks' 15 commitment of the 2009 class and its second wide receiver in the fold along with Louisiana prep Ricky Johnson (6-2, 180, 4.4).
"I'll just come up there and do whatever they need me to do," Barlow said. "If they need me to be on the scout team first to help us win, I am willing to do that and if they think I am ready to play right away, I will certainly be ready to do that.
"I feel like my height is a strength in that I feel like I can catch any ball thrown to me by using my height on smaller defensive backs," Barlow said. "I especially thinks it helps in th red zone."
Barlow had 10 catches for 117 yards and 2 tocuhdowns so far this season for the Bruins (1-1).
He had 81 catches for 1,164 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was the MVP of the McDonald's 7-on-7 Tournament on the UA campus this summer.
Current UA freshman standout Joe Adams helped Barlow with his research.
"He just told me how much he enjoys it up there, how if you put in the work you will play and how good he thinks they are going to be in the future," Barlow said.
Of course, the fact that Arkansas has gone from a run-oriented attack to a balanced one that has thrown for over 300 yards in its first two games this season was a help for the Razorbacks.
"The fact that they are throwing the ball so much now is very appealing," Barlow said. "That was a big factor as well."
While starting quzarterback Casey Dick is a senior this season, Arkansas has a great list of candidates ready to take his place next season in Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett, redshirt freshman Nathan Dick and true freshmen Tyler Wilson and Jim Youngblood.
"They've got some great quarterbacks ready to step in there after Casey so that's a big plus for Arkansas as well," Barlow said. "I think they will step right in and things will keep getting even better."
Barlow had previously narrowed his list to Arkansas, LSU, Kansas and Missouri.
"It was tough to tell Kansas because I have great relationships with their coaches," Barlow said. "But you have to do what is the best thing for you in the end and can't worry about somebody being mad at you. You have to do what is best for you personally and I am sure that is to be a Razorback."
Pulaski Academy will visit Lake Hamilton on Friday night.
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