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July 24, 2014
Arkansas offers 2017 LB
One of the offers that went out following Arkansas' camp on Thursday was to a prospect that hasn't even started high school yet.
Linebacker Baron Browning of Kennedale (Texas) picked up an offer from the Hogs after putting together a very impressive performance in front of Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith and linebackers coach Randy Shannon. He ran a 4.59 forty, a 4.32 shuttle and had a broad jump of 9-8.5.
Browning, 6-3, 210, went into the camp with early offers from Baylor and Oklahoma State. He plans on taking his time with the process, for obvious reasons.
"I've got plenty of time for all of that," Browning said. "I'm only going to be a sophomore, so I'm going to keep my options open.
"It was a shock to me, though. I didn't plan on getting it. My goal was to get one, but I really didn't think I'd get one because of my class."
Browning, who was accompanied by 2015 running back Karis Barnes of North Crowley (Texas), said there was a lot to like about his time at Arkansas.
"Probably the facilities, especially the meeting rooms," he said. "I also liked talking to everybody and just competing against people from different states. Those were some of my favorite parts."
The sophomore-to-be has already made trips to Oklahoma State and Arkansas, but now he turns his focus to the upcoming season.
"I'm probably just going to shut it down now and just focus on my team and 2-a-days," he said.
The Razorbacks also extended an offer to the nation's No. 4 specialist in punter Blake Johnson of Los Alamitos (Calif.). Johnson is currently on his way to Louisiana for an unofficial visit with the LSU Tigers.