Cobi Will Wear Arkansas Red

Texas High wideout Cobi Hamilton (6-3, 190, 4.5) had said Arkansas was his leader all along and Tuesday makes that official by publicly announcing for the Razorbacks over the Longhorns.

Texas High wideout Cobi Hamilton had intended to wait until Thursday to let everybody know where he was going to play his college football.

But when he informed the staffs at Arkansas and Texas of his decision on Tuesday morning, it didn't take long for word to leak out.

So Hamilton (6-3, 190, 4.5) went ahead and let everybody else know that he had chosen the Razorbacks over the Longhorns as well as Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

"I really just felt Arkansas from the jump," Hamilton said. "But I wanted to take my visits and make sure. I didn't want to commit to them early and then go take visits. I don't think that is the right way to do things.

"Texas is an elite football program and I am honored they recruited me and offered me a scholarship, but I just don't feel the same way about them as I do Arkansas, the team I have always been a fan of since I was young."

Hamilton, who had 64 catches for 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, is the son of two University of Arkansas graduates.

"They would have been happy for me if I had decided to go to Louisiana Tech," Hamilton said. "They just wanted me to be happy with my decision, but yes, they are very excited that I am going to be a Razorback."

Hamilton and St. Louis prep tailback Ronnie Wingo (6-3, 212, 4.4) both committed on Tuesday afternoon to give Arkansas 32 commitments in the 2009 class.

They both visited Arkansas on the same Jan. 9-11 weekend.

"We have probably texted each other 20 to 30 times a day since then," Hamilton said. "We just all had a good vibe that weekend with each other. Ronnie, Darius Winston, Terrell Williams, the other Turell Williams and myself – we just got along and we talked about doing big things together at Arkansas.

"The Razorbacks were 5-7 last year, but they have a lot of talent on hand and coming and there were just a few games where they weren't in it in the fourth quarter last season," Hamilton said. "The future is bright at Arkansas."

One thing that Hamilton wanted to clear up was the misconception that Texas High head coach Barry Norton was pushing him toward the Longhorns.

"That is just not true," Hamilton said. "He is a great man and a great coach and he cares for us as players. He wants us to go to the place that is best for us.

"He has friends on the Texas staff, but he has friends on staffs all over the country," Hamilton added. "He did not put any pressure on me whatever. In fact, he took it all on himself to call the other coaches and let them know I was going to Arkansas and wouldn't be playing for them."

Hamilton will be reunited with Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was a senior when he was a sophomore.

"That was certainly something else that helped Arkansas," Hamilton said. "I think he is going to be a great quarterback and I can't wait to catch passes from him. I can't wait to get up there and start getting our timing down again. It's going to be great."







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