A Big Ticket

Sulphur Springs (Texas) defensive end Colton Nash (6-7, 255) had a busy weekend - a commitment to the University of Arkansas and then a little hoops action.

Sulphur Springs (Texas) defensive end Colton Nash is not a little guy.

In fact, the newest University of Arkansas football commit is 6-7, 255 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds.

He's also a very good basketball player, one that is averaging 15 points and told the Razorbacks coaches about his decision to commit right before going out and playing in a 50-48 loss to Hallsville.

"I am a big guy, but I can move really well and that has helped me in both football and basketball," Nash said Sunday afternoon. "While I need to continue to work on my pass rush, I feel good about the things I can do, including jacking people up on my side and then making the play."

Nash, who had 108 tackles this season for a 14-2 state championship squad, took visits to Colorado and Arkansas.

While he thought he would end up in the Big 12, his visit to Arkansas quickly changed his mind. He decided Friday – less than a week after his official visit to Fayetteville - to become the Razorbacks' 30th commit instead of trekking to Texas Tech and Auburn the final two weeks.

"My visit to Arkansas was just great and I really knew from that point it was where I was going to go," Nash said. "I just wanted to take a few days and be sure. I really liked the coaches and the players and the facilities were just outstanding. It also felt like home to me, a little like Sulphur Springs."

Nash has grown from 6-6, 240 to 6-7, 260 over the past year.

"I played at about 260 to start the year," Nash said. "I am at about 255 right now."

He was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl back on Jan. 2 along with other top players in the country such as quarterback Raymond Cotton and wideout Jerry Rice, Jr.

"It was a great experience for me," Nash said. "I was very honored to be selected."

It capped off a great football season for him that ended up with four state playoff wins- three at Texas Stadium and then the championship win at the Alamodome.

"We had a game on ESPN2 and played in all these great stadiums," Nash said. "It was a really fun year for all of us and we did what we set out to do and that was win it all."

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