The Recruiting Guy

Texas athlete commits to Arkansas football

Markeylin Batton (1) runs onto the field with his team prior to a game against Liberty-Eylau on Sept. 15, 2023, in Atlanta, Texas. (Kevin Sutton/Texarkana Gazette)

Texas athlete Markeylin Batton committed to Arkansas on Saturday. 

Batton, 6-0 and 170 pounds, of Atlanta, Texas, chose the Razorbacks over offers from Missouri, Texas Tech, Michigan State, Oregon State, Houston, Tulsa, Texas-San Antonio and others. 

"It’s a great place,” Batton said. "I just think that’s where my heart [is] going to lead me.” 

Batton had 81 carries for 610 yards and 9 touchdowns, and 16 receptions for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns as a junior. He also had 17 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble on defense.

Batton visited Fayetteville for the Hogwild Hangout last summer and has plans to visit again in the spring   

He recorded 86 rushes for 660 yards and 9 touchdowns, and 7 receptions for 62 yards and 1 touchdown as a sophomore. He had 18 tackles and 2 pass breakups, and was named District 6-3A DI Utility Player of the Year. 

Two recruiting services rate him a 3-star recruit. Arkansas running backs coach Jimmy Smith is his lead recruiter and head coach Sam Pittman was also involved in his recruitment. 

"I [have] only been talking to Coach Pittman and Coach Smith,” he said. "They [are] really good people to talk to. They are really cool.” 

Batton runs a leg on the 400-meter and 800-meter relay and. He has recorded a personal best of 21.6 seconds in the 200 meters. 

Batton is the nephew of former Arkansas letterman and long-time NFL offensive lineman Jason Peters. He is the fourth prospect to commit to Arkansas' 2025 class.