Arkansas’ been littered with four- and three-star recruits the last six years, but shut out in the chase for game-changing players. John Pelphrey finally changed that.
The Razorbacks scored a commitment from 6-foot-2 Missouri guard B.J. Young, according to various reports Sunday. The 2011 high school graduate is rated as the 18th best overall prospect from Rivals.com and the fourth best point guard.
“I felt really good about everything that was going on, and [with] players that were coming in with me, we can have something special,” Young told NBE’s Jeff Borzello. “I knew I wanted to commit a while ago. This has just been a fantasy of mine since I was little, down here with my family, they wanted me to go here.”
The last time a five-star prospect played committed to Arkansas was 2004 when Al Jefferson said OK to Stan Heath. But Jefferson never played for the Hawgs, opting instead for the NBA. The last five-star guy who played for them was guard Olu Famutimi, who made the All-SEC freshman team, but never lived to up five-star billing.
But don’t worry yet, Razorbacks fans. Young will join guys like Rickey Scott (2010) and 2011 classmates Hunter Mickelson and Aaron Ross in Fayetteville, along with established players like Rotnei Clarke and Marshawn Powell.