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4-star CB Dallas Young commits to Hogs
2023 DB Dallas Young visits with Arkansas coach Sam Pittman before the Mississippi State game.
Four-star junior cornerback Dallas Young gave Arkansas coach Sam Pittman and cornerbacks coach Sam Carter a late Christmas gift by publicly committing to the Razorbacks on Wednesday.
Young, 6-1, 185 pounds, of Gardendale, Ala., accumulated scholarship offers from Georgia, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Penn State, Colorado, West Virginia and others before picking Arkansas.
He made trips to Fayetteville for the Auburn and Mississippi State games in the fall.
“The first thing when I went down there, it felt like home,” Young said. “I prayed about it and I talked to my family and wrote down the pros and cons of all of the schools, and that was just the school that fit me the best.”
He cited the defensive scheme as part of his reason for picking the Razorbacks. He said his relationship with Pittman and Carter was strong.
Young added there was a "general love" for those coaches and that they communicated he has "the ability to play in their defense."
Young also said he communicated with defensive coordinator Barry Odom and special teams coordinator Scott Fountain.
CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming rates Young as a 4-star prospect. He had 60 tackles, 3 sacks, 8 pass breakups, 1 recovered fumble and 2 blocked punts this season while leading the Rockets to the Class 6A quarterfinals.
The Razorback fans also helped his decision.
“Just how nice they were when I got there showing me around telling me a few places to visit,” Young said. “I just felt genuine love.”
Young decided to announce his pledge Wednesday to honor his great grandmother Elizabeth Pettway on her birthday. He spent many days at her house after school.
“I always went over to her house and she played an important role in me becoming a man,” Young said.
He plans to make a third trip Arkansas on Jan. 22. Young is the Razorbacks’ fifth commitment for the 2023 class.
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