It was a busy Monday for Razorback football, who got three new players for the 2018 season. Austin Aune, a former TCU commit who has spent the past few years with the New York Yankees farm system, will be a preferred walk-on. Rakeem Boyd comes from Independence Community College, and Myles Mason flipped from Mississippi State to the Hogs.
Aune was signed to play quarterback at TCU in 2012 but was a second round draft pick by the New York Yankees, where he has spent the last six years. The 24-year-old opted to take the same path a Chris Weinke and Brandon Weeden and is currently enrolled as a student. Coming out of high school in Argyle, Texas, Aune was a 3-star and was a part of one of the better TCU recruiting classes.
Boyd comes to Arkansas after a year at Independence, Kansas. Before that he spent a redshirt year at Texas A&M. This past year the running back ran for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was a part of this past big recruiting weekend and his relationship with Running Backs coach Jeff Traylor and Devwah Whaley helped make his decision.
Probably the most impactful addition of the day. Mason is rated a 3-star safety by 247 Sports and a 4-star by ESPN. He’s the third highest rated recruit coming in behind Connor Noland and Bumper Pool. Mason had committed to Mississippi State back in October but took an official visit to Fayetteville in December. Mason was also offered by Alabama, Auburn, and Florida State as well.