Cross on board

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/RECRUITING -

Wide re­ceiver Gary Cross, a na­tive of Fordyce, has joined the pro­gram as a walk-on who has a chance to earn a schol­ar­ship.

Cross spent the past three sea­sons at Hutchin­son (Kan.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege, where he to­taled 56 catches for 1,112 yards and 15 touch­downs in 2015 and 2016. He red­shirted in 2014 and will have two sea­sons of el­i­gi­bil­ity with the Ra­zor­backs.

Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville Coach Bret Bielema said the 6-2, 187-pound Cross will “even­tu­ally” make his way to a schol­ar­ship.

“He was a guy that we were re­cruit­ing, but un­for­tu­nately he had some speed bumps to get through to get his de­gree,” Bielema said.

As a se­nior at Fordyce, Cross caught 27 passes for 604 yards and 9 touch­downs, and he also recorded 52 tack­les, 4 forced fum­bles and 3 in­ter­cep­tions as a safety. He was named to the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette All-Arkansas Foot­ball Team as a de­fen­sive back in 2013, his only sea­son to play high school foot­ball.

“I love the kid’s makeup,” Arkansas re­ceivers coach Michael Smith said. “He’s a tough, ex­tremely ath­letic wide re­ceiver who’s go­ing to help us. He’s go­ing to add some depth.

“He seems to pick things up pretty well. We’re go­ing to put him out there and let him go in the fire.”

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