Hogs Protect Borders With 2011 Commitment

In the last decade, the state of Arkansas has produced three high caliber players. Joe Johnson and Ronnie Brewer wore the state colors; James Anderson got away. Head coach John Pelphrey locked up one of the top young kids in the state with a 2011 commitment.

The Arkansas Razorbacks, under John Pelphrey, aren't about to let good talent leave the state. Ronnie Brewer and Joe Johnson played for the Hogs; James Anderson eluded the previous staff.

Potentially the next big name in the state is already on lockdown. Aaron Ross, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward, committed to Arkansas this weekend. A member of the Class of 2011, Ross and his family found Fayetteville to their liking and ended the process.

"It started back in the summer," Carlos Conley, Ross' brother said. "He played with the Arkansas Wings 17 and under and with the 15 and under; at the time he was only 14. He had a good tournament at the end of April and that's when John Pelphrey started looking at him. He was keeping up with him and came to a couple of high school games.

"We kept up with the coaches and that was it. We did an unofficial visit this weekend, toured the campus and talked to the academic advisors. As a family we made the decision to ahead and accept (the scholarship offer)."

Ross accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds against varsity competition as a freshman for Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy.

USC has a commitment from guard Ryan Boatwright and now the Hogs own a freshman pledge as well.

"We wanted him to stay in-state where we can see him play. We've got a good history of basketball (at Arkansas)."

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