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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Juco LB Spaight flips to Arkansas

By Damon Sayles

Three-star junior college linebacker Martrell Spaight (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville CC) is staying closer to home.

At a ceremony at his old high school in North Little Rock, Ark., Spaight announced today that he has switched his commitment from Kansas State to Arkansas. A juco midyear transfer and a member of the ESPN Juco 100, Spaight signed his national letter of intent in front of family and friends.

After committing to Kansas State on Dec. 10, Spaight on Saturday hosted Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and safeties coach Bobby Allen for an in-home visit. The coaches offered him a scholarship at that time. The 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker is the program’s 16th commitment of the 2013 class.

“I believe in what Coach B is doing,” Spaight said. “There’s no place like home! I’m thankful for this opportunity to play for my hometown.”

Spaight is expected to make an immediate impact for the Razorbacks. He was named the defensive MVP of a competitive Jayhawk Conference after the 2012 season, finishing with 130 tackles, seven sacks, three pass-breakups and a blocked kick in only nine games.

Along with Kansas State, Spaight had offers from Memphis, South Florida, Rutgers, Minnesota, Arkansas State and Indiana. He also had interest from Ohio State, Texas A&M and West Virginia.