Arkansas Lands Juice and Nash

Anthony Leon

Arkansas gets two surprise Friday commitments from Visalia (CA) College of the Sequoias safety Anthony "Juice" Leon (6-4, 230, 4.48) - a former Florida State player and the cousin of late NFL star Sean Taylor - and Texas prep defensive end Colton Nash (6-6, 240).

The University of Arkansasas football program is only hosting a couple of recruits in Fayetteville this weekend, but the Razorbacks got it started with a bang with some big news out of California and Texas on Friday.

Former Florida State player Anthony Leon (6-4, 230, 4.48) - whose nickname is Juice and who is now at Visalia (CA) College of the Sequoias - committed to the UA program on Friday.

Soon afterwards, Sulphur Springs (Texas) defensive end Colton Nash (6-6, 240, 4.8) committed right before going out to play basketball.

Out of Miami (FL) Gulliver High, Leon was a four-star recruit by and ranked as one of the nation's top dozen safeties.


"I just think it is a great program and I really enjoyed being around the players and the coaches on my visit down there to Arkansas," Leon said. "It is an SEC school and one of the ones that is really going to come on."

Leon, who confirmed his commitment via text to Hawgs Illustrated, will have two years to play two and chose Arkansas over Oregon, Arizona, California and Minnesota.

The former Miami (FL) Gulliver standout had a visit scheduled to USC next week that he will now no longer take.

Razorback defensive coordinator Willy Robinson was his chief recruiter.

"I just really like him and he impressed with how much he knows about the game and what they are planning to do as they have more players in there," Leon said. "It just seemed like a good fit for me and I know I can come in and play and make an impact right away."

Leon had admitted he didn't like the cold on his visit to Arkansas and had talked about staying out west where it would be warm.

"But I can't make the decision on that," Leon said. "I know it's not cold down there like that all the time. Playing at Arkansas also means my family will be able to see me more."

Leon, who redshirted as a freshman because of injury and then played in 8 games at Florida State as a redshirt sophmore, is the cousin of the late Sean Taylor.

He came in at the same time at Florida State with Myron Rolle, who was recently named a Rhodes Scholar.

"Myron is a great guy that has accomplished a loton the field and in the classroom," Leon said.

He is also the second secondary player Arkansas will get out of the College of Sequoias for the 2009 class as cornerback Andru Stewart is already enrolled in Fayetteville.

He took his official visit last weekend to Arkansas with a pair of teammates in defensive lineman John Henderson and wideout Billy Foster.

"I can't wait to get down to Arkansas and help them become the top program in the SEC," Leon said.

Leon becomes the 29th and Nash the 30th of the 2009 class for the Razorbacks.

"I think I will bring a lot to Arkansas," Leon said. "I am ready to get down there and start making plays."

Nash had 109 tackles this season for a 14-2 team that won the state championship.

He chose Arkansas over Colorado, Auburn and Texas Tech.

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