Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Hartfield leaving Razorbacks
Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith was instrumental in Melvinson Hartfield's commitment to the Razorbacks.
FAYETTEVILLE Melvinson Hartfield has left Arkansas' football program.
The wide receiver from Dallas posted the news on his Twitter account Thursday morning, stating he was "no longer a Razorback. But it was fun while it lasted." Hartfield redshirted the 2013 season.
Coaches raved about the 5-foot-11, 183-pound receiver's speed after he signed last February. Hartfield began preseason practice with the Razorbacks two weeks late last August while awaiting word on his NCAA eligibility.
Hartfield is the fifth Arkansas player to leave the program this off-season. Linebacker A.J. Turner (Arkansas State), running back Nate Holmes (McNeese State), cornerback Ray Buchanan Jr. (Northern Iowa) and linebacker Myke Tavarres (Incarnate Word) have transferred.
Tavarres and Hartfield were members of Bret Bielema's first signing class at Arkansas last February.