It was clear that Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln offensive lineman Shauntez Bruce really enjoyed his visit to the University of Arkansas this past weekend.
Asked simply for some impressions about it, he went on for about a couple of minutes without stopping.
So it's no surprise that Bruce (6-5, 285) is now officially a Razorback commitment – No. 26 in the class of 2009.
"My visit was just great and it's the place for me," Bruce said. "I was thinking about taking some other visits, but I'm not know because this was an A-plus visit and nobody else could top it.
"I felt at home right away around the players and that was big," Bruce added. "It was as if I was already one of their teammates instead of just a recruit visiting who might go there.
"The campus was great, the best I have been on and I have been on a lot of campuses," Bruce continued. "I also really related well with the coaches, who are so in control and know what they are doing and want to win a national championship and are going about it the right way.
"The stadium? What can you say about that? It's spectacular. I can just imagine what it is going to be like with all those fans in there," Bruce rolled on. "I got a chance to see what the fans were like at the basketball game we went to on Saturday night. They were wild.
"What was great was that they were holding up signs with our names on them and chanting my name and the other guys names," Bruce added. "I was blown away by that."
Bruce had the opportunity to spend time with fellow Tallahassee products Michael Smith – a current Razorback running back – and fellow recruit Rudell Crim, who is now at Butler (Kan.) Community College.
"It was great being around those guys," Bruce said. "Kind of made it feel like a home away from home. They were saying we need you, come on and be a Razorback and we can go on and win this national championship."
Bruce – who is now one of five offensive linemen committed in the class - was also told that he would have a chance to contribute early.
"The coaches told me that if I come in and work hard that I would have a chance to see the field early," Bruce said. "They didn't promise anything other than they don't bury freshman on the depth chart. They if they can play and help the team, that's exactly what happens."
Bruce is excited about the future of the Razorbacks.
"I know they have a great quarterback coming in (Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett) and that they have a lot of other talent back on offense," Bruce said. "They just told me they needed a few more guys to protect all those playmakers and that is what they have gone out and got. They expect to score a lot of points next year."
Bruce to Arkansas
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