Bryce Stephens Commits to Hogs
To the surprise of most – even those ‘in the know,’ the Arkansas Razorbacks received their 18th commitment of the 2021 class on Sunday with a verbal pledge from speedy wide receiver, Bryce Stephens.
Stephens (6-0, 170) announced his decision via Twitter, saying, “I would like to thank all my family, coaches and friends that’s been with me through this whole process. With lots of thoughts and prayer’s I’ve decided what’s for ME. Since I was a kid playing with my brother it has always been a dream of mine to say this & with that being said I’m so blessed and EXCITED to announce that I’m committed to THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS…”
While there wasn’t much momentum or discussion around Stephens’ commitment, Razorback head coach Sam Pittman, wide receiver coach Justin Stepp and the rest of the staff will certainly welcome the wideout with open arms. Playing in Oklahoma City (Okla.), Stephens has provided production both on the ground and in the receiving game. After a quiet freshman season in 2017, Stephens broke out as a sophomore, hauling in 43 catches for 1004 yards and 15 touchdowns. This past year, the then-junior amassed 21 receptions for 416 and six touchdowns, adding 224 rushing yards and three more scores.
A three-star prospect, Stephens boasts an impressive offer list that includes the likes of Baylor, Iowa State, both Arizona schools, Michigan, Nebraska, OSU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others. He’s rated the 11th-best player in his home state of Oklahoma, according to 247 Sports and the 86th-best wide receiver in the nation, based on 247’s composite rankings.
Adding Stephens brings Arkansas’ class of 2021 to 18 verbal commitments, putting the group at No. 27 nationally and No 9 in the SEC, also according to 247. Stephens is the third player to commit that will most likely play wide receiver for the Hogs. Earlier in the cycle, both Raheim Sanders and Jaedon Wilson joined the future Razorback wideout family as well. Sanders, while listed as an athlete, is expected to lean toward catching passes on the Hill but could also see time at running back.
Pittman seems to be creating a bit of a pipeline with the Sooner state, earning pledges from six Oklahoma natives already. The Razorbacks only signed one player from Oklahoma in the 2020 class (safety Myles Slusher).
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