Arkansas adding infielder from Austin Peay

Austin Peay player John Bolton competes during an NCAA baseball game against Eastern Illinois on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Clarksville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Amis)

FAYETTEVILLE — Austin Peay infielder John Bolton announced Thursday he will transfer to Arkansas. 

"Next stop: Fayetteville. OMAHOGS, let’s ride!!!" Bolton wrote on Twitter.

Bolton, a senior who has one season of eligibility remaining due to the covid-19-shortened season in 2020, batted .287 with an OPS of .783 this year, and recorded 18 doubles, 1 home run and 22 RBI. He was successful in 11 of 14 stolen-base attempts.

Bolton fielded .974 while primarily playing shortstop. 

The 5-9, 179-pound Memphis native played two seasons at Hinds (Miss.) Community College before he transferred to Austin Peay prior to the 2021 season. He batted .317 in his only full season at Hinds and batted .190 as a part-time starter in his first year at Austin Peay.

As a high school senior at Memphis University School, Bolton was a two-way player and a finalist for Tennessee Division II-AA Mr. Baseball in 2018.

Bolton is the eighth Division I transfer to announce a commitment to Arkansas this offseason. The Razorbacks have also received commitments from UC-Santa Barbara shortstop Jordan Sprinkle, Kansas second baseman Tavian Josenberger, Nebraska right-handed pitcher Koty Frank, South Carolina left-handed pitcher Julian Bosnic, Creighton outfielder Jared Wegner and catchers Hudson Polk of Oklahoma and Cal Kilgore of New Mexico State. 

Sprinkle (Chicago White Sox, fourth round) and Bosnic (Pittsburgh Pirates, 14th round) were selected earlier this week in the MLB Draft. Both have until Aug. 1 to sign with the teams that drafted them.

Arkansas has also committed 10 transfers from junior colleges.