FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas football has added four more student-athletes to its 2015 class, as announced by head coach Bret Bielema Thursday.
The Razorback defense will see more depth as Arkansas adds safety Reid Miller (Hollidaysburg, Pa. / IMG Academy [Fla.]), safety Tyler Phillips (North Little Rock, Ark. / North Little Rock HS) and cornerback Byron Keaton (Camden, Ark. / Camden Fairview HS).
Arkansas’ special teams unit will also welcome the addition of long snapper George Madden IV (Blanchard, Okla. / Blanchard HS).
George Madden IV
Long Snapper | 6-2, 240
Blanchard, Okla. (Blanchard HS)
A four year varsity football letterman as starting defensive end, right guard and long snapper… Selected as team captain for the Lions… Named a finalist for the 2015 Army All American Game at long snapper… Aided the Lions to the 2013 Oklahoma 3A State Football Championships as a junior… Made all but one punt snaps without a miss or blocked punt and was named the Overall Player of the Game in game six and Defensive Player of the Game in game seven during junior campaign… Helped Blanchard HS to the 2012 Oklahoma 3A State Championship as a sophomore, while being named the Offensive Player of the Game in the semi-final contest… Made all punt snaps without a miss or blocked punt as a sophomore… Coached at Blanchard HS by Jeff Craig… Also earned varsity letters in wrestling, power lifting and track and field… Placed fifth at the 2014 Oklahoma Power Lifting State Championship.
Born June 7, 1996, he is the son of George and Laura Madden… Hobbies include wakeboarding, wakesurfing and golf… Is an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Safety | 5-9, 182
Hollidaysburg, Pa. (IMG Academy [Fla.])
Transferred to IMG Academy from Hollidaysburg HS for senior campaign… Enrolled early with the Razorbacks and will participate in team activities during the spring semester… Helped IMG Academy finish 10-1 in just its second season of varsity football… Posted 83 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and seven pass breakups as a senior… Tallied 94 tackles, two interceptions and 10 forced fumbles in his junior campaign at Hollidaysburg… Saw action on both sides of the ball as a sophomore, tallying 32 carries for 431 rushing yards and 40 tackles and five pass breakups… Played at IMG Academy with fellow Razorback Hjalte Froholdt and was coached by Chris Weinke… Also played baseball and basketball.
Born Dec. 13, 1996, he is the son of Robert and Marybeth Miller… Enjoys studying and socializing with friends… Was class president of his ninth grade class and was a National Junior Honor Society president.
Safety | 6-2, 208
North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock HS)
Named a three-star prospect by 247Sports… Ranked No. 20 in Arkansas in HawgSports’ post-season Natural 21 rankings… Ranked the No. 28 Arkansas recruit and No. 131 safety in nation by 247Sports… Pegged the No. 127 safety and No. 24 prospect in Arkansas by 247Composite, a combined index of national recruiting rankings… Logged 114 tackles, including 22 for a loss, and five sacks as a senior… Also added one interception, eight pass breakups and one defensive touchdown… Appeared at Nike’s The Opening camp where he recorded one of the nation’s top score of 143.00 in the SPARQ competition, which tests prospects in speed, agility, power and vertical jumps… Coached at North Little Rock HS by Brad Bolding.
Born on Oct. 10, 1996, he is the son of Tanya Phillips.
Cornerback | 5-10, 175
Camden, Ark. (Camden Fairview HS)
Named a three-star prospect by 247Sports… Listed as the No. 135 cornerback in the nation and No. 21 recruit in Arkansas by 247Sports… Pegged as the No. 170 cornerback and No. 27 prospect in Arkansas by 247Composite, a combined index of national recruiting rankings… Earned a two-star rating from Rivals… Notched four interceptions as a senior, tying him for fourth on Camden Fairview’s single-season record book and collected six interceptions in his career, tying him for second-most all time in Cardinal history… Played at Camden Fairview, the same high school as fellow Razorback Dominique Reed… Coached at Camden Fairview HS by Cecil Ray Cossey.
Born on March 26, 1997, he is the son of Edwin and Valerie Keaton.
Signing Day in the Rock, presented by First Security, will be held Thursday evening, Feb. 5, in the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation set to begin at 6:45 p.m. Individual tickets that include reserved seating and a dinner buffet are $65, reserved tables with 10 seats begin are $650. VIP tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased by visiting a Central Arkansas First Security Bank location or online from the Little Rock Razorback Club atlrrazorbackclub.com.
Fans can put a deposit down for 2015 season tickets by visiting ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The 2015 home schedule includes six games in Fayetteville, four against opponents that played in bowl games last season – UTEP, Auburn, Mississippi State and Missouri. Arkansas will also take on Toledo at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
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