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Nashville's McBride Commits to Football Hogs

By The Morning News Staff

Jared McBride, the quarterback who led Nashville to a 15-0 record and the Arkansas Class AA State championship, said Monday that he has verbally committed to sign a letter of intent with the University of Arkansas.

McBride's intention seemed apparent Sunday when he announced he would make a decision Tuesday after only visiting the UA, and he opted to make his decision public at Nashville's sports banquet Monday night. McBride also was recruited by Arkansas State, Tulsa and Oklahoma State.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder completed 218 of 375 passes for 4,049 yards and 53 touchdowns this past season and will sign with Danny Ford's Razorbacks during the signing period that begins in February.

Ford and new UA quarterback coach Joe Ferguson and a longtime dream to play for Arkansas figured in his decision, McBride said.

"I think Joe Ferguson can teach me a lot," McBride told Otis Kirk's Arkansas Recruiting Report. "And I've always wanted to be a Razorback. I think it's the right place for me."