Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
ETSU infielder says he will transfer to Arkansas
East Tennessee State's Cullen Smith (14) during an NCAA college baseball game against Wofford, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Johnson City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Shawn Millsaps)
FAYETTEVILLE East Tennessee State infielder Cullen Smith will transfer to Arkansas, he announced Monday on his Instagram page.
Smith (5-11, 180 pounds) will have one season of eligibility remaining at Arkansas and would have to sit out the 2020 season without a waiver for immediate playing time. He will be able to go through fall practice this year with the Razorbacks.
Smith started 160 of 161 career games at ETSU and was twice voted second-team All-Southern Conference. He began his career at third base before moving to second base in 2018.
In 2019, Smith batted .304 with 14 doubles, 7 home runs and 30 RBI. He drew a team-high 42 walks and had an on-base percentage of .427, and batted leadoff to end the season.
Smith committed nine errors as a junior and had a fielding percentage of .963.
Smith, who bats left handed and throws right, played high school baseball at Wilson Central in Lebanon, Tenn., about 30 miles east of Nashville.
Smith is the third Division-I starting infielder to transfer to Arkansas in the past year.
Coby Boulware will be eligible in 2020 after sitting out the 2019 season following a transfer from TCU, where he started 54 games as a second baseman as a freshman.
Cole Austin, a former starting third baseman at West Virginia, announced last month he will transfer to Arkansas following two seasons at Arizona State, where he only played in 10 games because of a redshirt and an injury.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Cole Austin's first name. It has been corrected.
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