Lance Ray's On Board

Florida speedster Lance Ray (6-3, 200, 4.34) makes its 24 commitments for Arkansas Monday night when the wideout pledges to sign with the Razorbacks.

There's really no secret why University of Arkansas redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett spent a lot of time this past weekend with Florida prep wideout Lance Ray.

Simply put if you were throwing the ball around next season, you'd want somebody who runs a 4.34 40-yard dash to go catch it.

Ray (6-3, 200, 4.34), who Mallett hosted this weekend on his official visit, fits that profile and decided Monday night he wanted to be a Razorback - a move that gives the UA 24 commitments for the 2009 class.

"I really enjoyed my visit and I am really happy about the purpose they have for me up there," Ray said. "I love the offense, really like being around the quarterback and know that they think I can really fit in and be productive for them right away."

Ray, who had 33 catches for 632 yards and 6 touchdowns this past season for a 5-5 Havana East Gadsden squad and also had 19 tackles while playing some safety on defense, had 14 offers total.

Those included schools such as Illinois, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Kentucky.

But he needed just this one visit - and some persuading from UA offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach Paul Petrino, to decide where he was headed.

"Coach Paul Petrino is a great recruiter and we really bonded during the recruiting process," Ray said. "He really sold what they have to offer at Arkansas and I became aware of just how much he was going to push me when I get up there and how he will not let me do anything but get the best out of myself. I could tell that in the session we set down to go over practice and what goals they have.

"When you combine that with their offense, their facilities, the players and the other coaches, they have a bright future and it's one I want to be a part of," Ray added. "That's why there is no need to take anymore visit. Arkansas is going to be my new home and I will be a Razorback."

Ray is one of five recruits that Arkansas has been hosting over the past five days.

He and Navarro Junior College offensive lineman Zhamal Thomas (6-5, 335) have both committed to the Razorbacks after visiting along with earlier commitment Travis Swanson (6-5, 285).

Arkansas is currently hosting City College of San Francisco defensive tackle Edwin Herbert (6-5, 295), who arrived for his official visit Sunday night and will be in Fayetteville through Tuesday night.

The other visitor was Butte (CA) College offensive lineman Danny Watkins, who has reportedly committed to Baylor.





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