Cross on board
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.”