FAYETTEVILLE — It appears as if the final member of Arkansas' signing class will finally arrive on campus today.
Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith said the Razorbacks received word Monday night that receiver Melvinson Hartfield has been cleared by the NCAA and should be with the team today. Hartfield could not report until he was ruled academically eligible.
"I’m excited for the kid," Smith said. "I hate for a kid to have to go through that. You have an opportunity to play major college football and to be sitting at home when everybody else is at camp has got to be hard. But I’m excited for Melvinson. He deserves it. He worked his tail off to get here. I’m excited just to have him here.”
The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Hartfield, who is a Dallas native, is obviously behind with Arkansas in its second week of preseason camp.
Hartfield will have to follow the NCAA's acclimation period for presesaon football practices, meaning he couldn't be in full pads until at least Saturday. But Smith believes Hartfield still can help add depth to a receiving corps that already includes Julian Horton, Javontee Herndon, Demetrius Wilson, D'Arthur Cowan and Keon Hatcher.
"I’m going to try to force feed him as much as I can," Smith said. "Hopefully at some time during the year we’ll be able to use him on offense because the kid has a lot of talent."
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau