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Omaha junior commits to Diamond Hogs
An Arkansas baseball hat sits atop a glove during a game between the Razorbacks and Kent State on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Arkansas baseball Coach Dave Van Horn landed the verbal commitment of junior infielder-outfielder Tyson Lewis on Monday.
Lewis, 6-1, 190 pounds, of Omaha (Neb.) Millard West, didn’t have the recruiting process he had hoped. He missed the 2022 season after fracturing his L-5 vertebra last February and having surgery.
He received scholarships offers from Nebraska and Notre Dame as a freshman and received an offer from Kentucky in December. Prior to his injury, Lewis was drawing strong interest from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma State and others.
Lewis was scheduled to visit Oklahoma State after Arkansas but canceled the trip.
He said Arkansas’ tradition and frequent trips to the College Baseball World Series in his hometown sold him on the Razorbacks.
“The tradition of that program is second to none,” Lewis said. “For a lack of a better word, they’re kind of bad a***s, to be honest with you. They’re a team I want to play for and Coach Van Horn and that coaching staff, I really enjoyed talking with them. I really feel like I click with that staff.”
He visited the Hogs two years ago going into his freshman season before making his way back to Fayetteville on Sunday to attend a camp. Lewis said the first trip planted a seed for him to be a Razorback.
“Meeting Coach Van Horn and talking with him, it just felt like he knew what he was doing and felt like a guy you would love to play for,” Lewis said. “They’ve always kind of stuck with me since I went down there a couple years ago.”
The 49,000-square foot J.B. & Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center and Baum-Walker Stadium also lured him to Arkansas, Lewis said.
“The facilities overall are just ridiculous,” he said. “I’ve been to a couple of other colleges and going down to Fayetteville is just different. It’s crazy. The facilities, the field and the town are just all real nice and beautiful.”
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