The Tulsa area has been very good to the University of Arkansas lately and it looks like that is going to continue.
Booker T. Washington standout Eric Bennett announced on Tulsa television station KTUL late Sunday night that he was committing to the Razorbacks.
Bennett (5-11, 170, 4.4) – who will play wide receiver or cornerback in college - chose head coach Bobby Petrino's Arkansas program over Oklahoma State, Arizona, Texas Tech, Oregon State and Iowa State.
"It really just feels like a second home over there at Arkansas for me and it will give my family a chance to come and see me play," Bennett said. "I really love the coaches and I really think Coach Petrino has the program where it going to be great in the future. He's got a new attitude going over there and they are headed to the top."
Bennett, who plays quarterback and cornerback for the Hornets and is the Razorbacks' 14th commit of the 2010 class, is currently out for another three weeks with a separated shoulder, but is expected back before the playoffs.
He is another recruit landed from the Tulsa area by Razorback assistant Garrick McGee and hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Booker T. and Arkansas standout and current Dallas Cowboy Felix Jones.
"I am real good friends with Coach McGee and I know that he will tell me the truth about how things are going to be for me once I get there," Bennett said. "Yes, following Felix to Arkansas.
Bennett said he watched every play of Arkansas' 23-20 heartbreaking loss at No. 1 Florida on Saturday.
"I was able to watch the whole game and they are just getting better and better," Bennett said. "Like I said, Coach Petrino's got them going with a great new attitude."
The fact that Arkansas is in the SEC just adds to the excitement for Bennett.
"The SEC is a great league and I want to play against great competition like (Florida's) Tim Tebow and the other great players," Bennett said. "The thing is I think we are getting those players at Arkansas and that is what that game showed on Saturday."
Bennett and teammate Calvin Barnett (6-3, 300) had talked about going to the same school, but Barnett committed to Oklahoma State earlier.
It's clear that Bennett has not given on both playing at Arkansas.
"He's just committed," Bennett said. "He's not signed yet."
Bennett to Arkansas
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