July 3, 2006

Tuck staying home

Arkansas picked up its seventh verbal commitment on Monday when Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian wide receiver Crosby Tuck selected the Razorbacks over four other scholarship offers.

Tuck, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, is the top receiver prospect in Arkansas for 2007. He wowed observers last month at the Houston Nutt Camp in Fayetteville (Ark.), and he was offered a scholarship by UA coach Houston Nutt when he left. Offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Gus Malzahn is in charge of Tuck's recruitment to Arkansas.

"Coach Malzahn is there, and that's a good coach for me to play under," Tuck said. "My current coach [Josh Floyd] played for coach Malzahn, and I love Houston Nutt. He seems like a great guy."

Floyd is elated with the news, and he spent three years under Malzahn at Shiloh Christian, where he set several passing records as a quarterback.

"We're obviously very excited for Crosby and this opportunity with Arkansas," Floyd said. "He's a very polished receiver, and the best thing about him is his speed and acceleration. Anyone who saw him at the Arkansas camp knows that he doesn't drop balls. The fact that he's played in an offense similar to what coach Malzahn has, that will help him a lot.

"I told Crosby there's not a better person in the world that he can play for than coach Malzahn," he said. "I told him he's going to be hard on him, obviously. I do think Crosby will adjust, and I think he's going to be a good pickup for coach Malzahn and the whole team."

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