Joplin (Mo.) High tight end Brad Hefley (6-4, 251, 4.6) became the second Eagles' prep standout to commit to the Razorbacks for the 2010 class when he pledged Tuesday to sign with the Razorbacks.
Jordan Rainey, a 6-5, 305-pound offensive lineman from Joplin, committed to the UA program a couple of weeks ago.
"It just seems like the perfect fit for me," Hefley said. "I was going to wait awhile to make a decision, but I just sit back and thought about it and this is a place that has all I am looking for in a school and a football program.
"It's only an hour-and-a-half away from Joplin, I have some family down here (in Fayetteville), my dad actually got his doctorate's degree from Arkansas and my head coach has told me a lot of great things about the Arkansas program."
Hefley, who actually played at Riverton, Kan., last season before moving to Joplin with his mom, also had offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Iowa State so far as well as interest from several other programs.
"I really like (Arkansas graduate assistant and tight end coach) Chip Long and (UA assistant) Coach (Tim Horton)," Hefley said. "They are just great guys, made me feel really welcomed at Arkansas and did a great job presenting both the school and football program in a great light and professional manner.
"I also got a chance to meet (Arkansas offensive line) Coach Mike Summers, who is recruiting Jordan and I just liked the whole family atmosphere they have created down there," Hefley added.
He is ranked as the nation's 33rd-best middle linebacker prospect by Scout.com.
Hefley has also played defensive end, but is expected to play tight end at Arkansas, who got a commit last week from Little Rock Catholic tight end Garrett Uekman.
Arkansas will be looking to add to its numbers at the position with All-SEC pick D.J. Williams certainly a prospect to leave school early and go in the 2010 NFL draft.
"I like the way Arkansas uses it's tight ends and that is where they say they are going to play me," Hefley said. "I think D.J. is more a receiving tight end where they split him out while they are going to use me more to block and catch passes out of the backfield. I'm excited about that and about the future of the Arkansas program."
Rainey certainly put in his two cents to Hefley about the Arkansas program after he committed.
Hefley had at first planned to wait until after the season.
"He was extremely motivated to make sure I ended up committing to Arkansas, too," Hefley said. "He was another reason that it just seems like the right place and right place to go ahead and commit and start looking ahead to being a Razorback."
Hefley just ended up going to the Oklahoma camp for a day and had planned to attend several other camps this summer, but now those plans have changed.
"I was going to go to a lot of others, but Now that I am fully committed to Arkansas I am just going to come down to their Seniors Camp on July 19 and just be around Joplin with our camps and workouts."
Joplin has gotten a lot of action in during the last week.
"We actually are in about 9 to 10 days of football action from a team camp, to the individual camp to scrimmage against about six other schools last week," Hefley said. "We are also going to be doing 7-on-7 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so we are going to stay busy."