Monday, January 7, 2013
Arkansas picks up 2014 RB commitment
By Dave Hooker
Juan Day (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock) didn't wait long. Just hours after receiving his first scholarship offer, the junior tailback committed to Arkansas.
"I knew I wanted to go to Arkansas but I had to wait for my parents to get home from work and talk to them about it," the junior tailback said Monday evening.
Day picked up his offer from Arkansas earlier in the day Monday. Being an Arkansas fan played a part in Day's quick decision.
"It's a great school," Day said. "I always grew up watching them. It's good to get an offer from somebody I've been watching since I was little.
Day has been to Arkansas games in Little Rock, but hasn't been to a game on campus in Fayetteville. He has been to the campus, however, for football camps.
Although Day didn't have another scholarship offer, he had strong interest from several schools. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama had long recruited him. Auburn and Georgia Tech began contacting him recently.
Auburn looked to be formidable because Day knows two coaches there: former Arkansas assistant Tim Horton and former Arkansas State head coach Guz Malzahn. Both recruited Day when in Arkansas. Horton left to join Malzahn's staff last week. Those connections weren't enough.
Day was recruited to Arkansas by secondary coach Bobby Allen. When asked about Allen, Day said, "He's a great coach."
Day rushed for 1,012 yards and 15 touchdowns on 115 carries last season as a backup to ESPN 150 tailback Altee Tenpenny. Day is 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds.