Louisiana Lefty Commits To Arkansas

Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, LA) lefthanded pitcher Jeff Harvill committed to the University of Arkansas Monday.

"I committed to Arkansas," said an excited Jeff Harvill. "I had in my head a list of three schools that if they offered it would come down to the amount (each) offered. And (Arkansas) was one of my top three schools so I went ahead and committed. The other two were LSU and Miami."

One of the other two schools was about to offer while he hadn't heard anything from the other one.

"LSU told me after they were waiting to see me pitch one more time then they were going to offer me," said the 6-1, 180-pounder. "But Arkansas outdid it when they offered me more (scholarship money) than what I was looking for. And I hadn't heard anything from Miami so I wasn't counting on them."

Arkansas' offer was extended last week.

"Arkansas made the offer early last week, either Tuesday or Wednesday," said Jeff, who has been playing for the Southeast Texas Sun Devils summer travel team this summer.

After receiving the offer, the first thing he did was call his parents.

"I hadn't been home in about a month (due to summer ball), so I called my parents and we talked about what it would cost to go there and how much they would have to pay," said Jeff. "It turned out that they would only have to pay a couple of thousand dollars, so it worked out really good."

While the financial aspect of the offer was important, another factor was early playing time.

"Another big factor for me was to come in as a freshman and pitch and not be redshirted or have to sit until my sophomore year," said Jeff, who in addition to LSU, Arkansas was also being recruited by Mississippi State, Tulane, Villanova, Troy, West Point, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Baylor, and the University of Louisiana Lafayette. "(Arkansas assistant) Coach (Todd) Butler kind of told me that I could come in as a freshman and try to help them get back to Omaha. That kind of opened my eyes up."

Enough to cause him to make his commitment.

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