On a day when the Dallas went to Arizona and won decisively, a young man who plays in the shadow of the Cowboys' home stadium decided where he was going to college.
Irving (Texas) MacArthur safety Bret Harris
(5-11, 196, 4.4) became the University of Arkansas' 14th commit of the 2007 recruiting class Sunday when he pledged to sign with the Razorbacks next Feburary.
"It was just a great visit and I liked everything about it so I decided to go ahead and commit," Harris said. "I got up there and found out I had someone I knew already up there in Jarell Norton and he did a real good job of telling me everything I needed to know from the player side of things."
Harris, who visited this weekend along with his teammate Ron Brooks
and has been recruited by UA assistant James Shibest, chose Arkansas over Oklahoma State
with the Razorbacks' 31-14 win over Tennessee
also playing a big factor.
"I knew Arkansas was good, but I had no idea what a great program and facilities they had and they really went out and dominated Tennessee," Harris said. "I just know it's the right place for me."
Harris, who has a 3.2 grade point average, has already posted an 1190 on the SAT and who is ranked as the country's 45th best safety by Scout.com, was pleased to see how Arkansas got to the ball on Saturday night.
"I think that is the best part of my game," Harris said. "Once I figure out where the ball is going, I get there fast and take care of things."
The commitment at least took some of the pair away from a season where MacArthur finished 4-6 and concluded with a loss on Friday night
"I haven't been this sad in a long time about our team, but I guess I am just looking forward now to start working out and get better to be ready to play on level," Harris said. "…I know I am going to a place that is going to win a lot."
George White, Harris step dad who also came on the trip, has been an LSU
fan, but has also followed Arkansas and Razorback head coach Houston Nutt.
"I am a huge LSU fan, but I have been loving Coach Houston Nutt for a long time," White said. "I keep up with the SEC. Now I guess I will be a huge Arkansas fan."
Harris said he is now working on getting Brooks (5-11, 170, 4.3), a wideout who has already been selected the U.S. Army All-American game, to be a Razorback with him.
"I'm going to do a lot of talking to him and now and we'll just have to see how it works out," Harris said. "It would be a great deal."
Brooks said he and was impressed with all he had seen this weekend – especially Marcus Monk
hauling in 8 catches for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
"I really liked the atmosphere and had no idea it was that big time," Brooks said. "I also really liked how they threw so many balls to Marcus Monk. I think I might be able to have them throw that many to me one day if I work hard."
Brooks, who is also being recruited by LSU, Florida
, Texas A&M
and Texas Tech
, talked to Nutt before he left campus and was made to feel very wanted.
"I went in and talked to Coach Nutt and he said "I know you want to take your other visits, but we really want you to be a Razorback. Take them and then come back and play for us.' We'll see how it all works out. I am going to work on getting my grades up and put myself in position to start making plays next season."
Arkansas' big win over Tennessee provides its first recruiting dividend when Irving (Texas) MacArthur safety Bret Harris (5-11, 196, 4.43) becomes the 14th prospect who has committed to the Razorbacks for their 2007 class.