The Razorbacks landed their highest-profile commitment of the class so far when JUCO tight end Jeremy Patton pledged to the Hogs Friday night.
I am Committing to THE UNIVERSITY OF... ‼️‼️‼️‼️ @BretBielema @BarryLunneyJr pic.twitter.com/4p4GR5wq0M— .JERM. (@JeremyPatton_11) June 17, 2016
Patton is a 4-star prospect considered by 24/7 to be the top JUCO tight end in the nation. He chose the Razorbacks over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Louisville, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Utah, and several others. He had previously taken official visits to Louisville and Auburn and named Auburn his leader, going so far as to describe his visit as "unbeatable."
But Arkansas beat it. Patton committed on his official visit before he left.
He’ll arrive in Fayetteville as part of a highly-recruited group of tight ends looking to fill the void in the post Sprinkle/Henry era. He’ll come in and immediately compete for the starting job with Will Gragg, Cheyenne O’Grady, Austin Cantrell, and Grayson Gunter. It’s a position group the Hogs should feel comfortable with for years to come.
Patton is originally from Indianapolis but has been attending junior college at Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Arizona. He’ll have three years to play two seasons at Arkansas. He is the 12th commitment in Arkansas' 2017 recruiting class and expects to be able to enroll in January.