McKinney To Arkansas

The Razorbacks keep their in-state recruiting momentum going as Forrest City wide receiver Davyon McKinney (6-3, 190) says he will sign with Arkansas because "I want to be in the big leagues."

The Forrest City-to-Fayetteville pipeline will be continuing for the University of Arkansas athletic programs.

That's according to Mustangs wide receiver Davyon McKinney (6-3, 190), who said Sunday night that he will be a Razorback and committed to UA head coach Bobby Petrino on Monday.

"My mom and I will meet with him and let him know," noted McKinney, who is attending Arkansas' three-day football camp right now. "I am sure of it."

Nicknamed "Sleepy", McKinney chose Arkansas over Ole Miss and Tulsa and becomes the Razorbacks' 9th commit of the 2011 class.

"It's the fans, the school and the football program all together," McKinney said. "Arkansas has a lot of offer and I want to be a part of that. It's education first. That is what I am coming to school for first."

McKinney, who caught 45 passes for 970 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, will follow current UA basketball player Marcus Britt and 2010 baseball pitching signee Barrett Astin to Fayetteville.

Astin was his quarterback last season.

"You got basketball with Marcus Britt, baseball with Barrett Astin and now you got football with me – Sleepy McKinney," the three-sport standout said. "Forrest City loves the Razorbacks and they'll be watching all of us."

McKinney is also a very good basketball player, but decided football was his path to college.

"In my 10th grade year our starting receiver got hurt and I stepped in for him," McKinney said. "Then when I was a junior I had over 1,000 yards (receiving). I realized that I could make big plays and football was the way to go for me."

While some had speculated that Ole Miss – which is actually closer than the UA is to Forrest City – was his leader, McKinney said that was not the case.

"You see, Ole Miss they are really just a running team and Tulsa, they pass it, but they aren't in the SEC," McKinney said. "C'mon, I want to be in the big leagues. Arkansas is the number one SEC passing team. That is where I have to go as wide receiver."

McKinney got a chance to work Sunday night at camp with UA quarterback commit Brandon Allen of Fayetteville.

"Brandon Allen is a great quarterback," McKinney said. "He is showing me a lot."





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