Baton Rouge, Louisiana, University Lab High School three-star offensive tackle Dylan Rathcke recapped his decision with me to commit to Arkansas.
“Everything was perfect at Arkansas,” Rathcke said. “The facilities are amazing and the staff was the best ever. From the first day we arrived everything was so organized. I knew that this was the program that could develop me as a player and a person.”
Here’s the topics we discussed:
His relationship with the Arkansas coaching staff: “I think the thing I like the most about the staff was how down to earth they are. Everyone truly seemed happy to be there and it just felt like a big family. They all worked together so well.”
How Arkansas is different from the rest of the schools: “All the programs are great. What made the difference with Arkansas was myself and my entire family connected with the staff.”
About his skill sets that he is bringing to Arkansas: “I believe I will bring an athletic, fast-twitch, style of blocking. Plus handle the run game.”
On his official visit to Arkansas: “I will officially visit Arkansas in December after the playoffs. I have to look at my exam schedule.”
His relationship with Arkansas offensive line coach Dustin Fry: “I really enjoyed coach Fry. I’m excited to work with him.”
His thoughts on the newly-renovated Reynolds Razorback Stadium: “The stadium is absolutely amazing. I loved how modern it was.”
What he likes most about Arkansas: “The scenery is beautiful in Arkansas. I can’t wait to go fishing.”
Arkansas coaches’ reaction on the commitment: “I think I really shocked them. I had just gotten back from Kentucky. I don’t thing they thought I would do it before my official. I called coach Dustin and coach Morris Tuesday night and told them I was ready to commit and they both were excited.”
Rathcke has 12 offers from schools such as Arkansas, Arkansas State, Colorado State, and Kentucky.