Hughey Commits to Arkansas

Lafayette County star Rickey Hughey (6-6, 225) chats about committing to Arkansas Tuesday night just ahead of Gainesville (Fla.) High defensive tackle Kevin Lowery (6-3, 285) doing the same on Wednesday morning.

The University of Arkansas football program got its 17th commitment on Tuesday night and then got up to 18 on Wednesday morning.

Lafayette County tight end/defensive end Ricky Hughey (6-6, 225) announced on Tuesday that he wanted to stay in state and be a Razorback.

"I just wanted to go ahead and take care of things now because I have always wanted to go play for the Razorbacks and their was just no real reasons to wait around any more," Hughey said. "I determined that a long time ago."

Hughey plays both tight end and defensive end for Lafayette County (5-1).

"He's certainly got great size and speed and is a guy who has a lot of potentially and that's something I know Arkansas sees," Lafayette County head coach Jeff McBride said. "I think he could have played better at times for us this year, but I think now that this is out of the way, he will settle down and really start coming on."

Hughey. whose other offer was from Missouri State, got Arkansas' attention this summer at one of their football camps and was offered soon afterward.

"I am really impressed with all their coaches," Hughey said. "It's a great atmosphere up there and I know they ready to do everything it takes to win. The head coach (Bobby Petrino) really knows what he is doing and I am excited I am going to get to play for him and all the other coaches."

"We are doing pretty good with our season and I have played okay, but know I could have done more," Hughey said. "Now that I have this out of the way, I can really start concentrating more on just making plays and helping my team win."

The Razorbacks landed their 18th commitment on Wednesday morning when Gainesville (Fla.) High defensive tackle Kevin Lowery (6-3, 285) called the UA staff and give a verbal pledge.

"He has committed," Gainesville head coach Ryan Smith said. "He called them this morning."

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