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Teammates Make Commitment to Hogs

(FAYETTEVILLE)  A pair of teammates from Knoxville, Tennessee has chosen to continue playing together at the University of Arkansas.

Linebacker Drew Francis and defensive end Tyrece Edwards have played together since the seventh grade, and they’ll continue to do so after both orally committed to the Hogs over the weekend.

Francis, 6-2, 200 pounds, of Knoxville (Tenn.) West pledged to the Razorbacks shortly before midnight on Saturday. Edwards, 6-3, 240, did the same early Sunday morning. The family atmosphere in Fayetteville sold both players.

Francis, who chose the Hogs over scholarship offers from Missouri, Purdue, Arizona, Memphis, Arkansas State University and others, had narrowed his list to the Razorbacks and Boilermakers.

He recorded 89 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, a blocked field goal and a blocked punt as a junior.

Edwards chose the Hogs over scholarship offers from Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, Wake Forest, Tulane, Memphis, Arkansas State and others. He and Francis received offers from the Hogs after visiting in February 2018 and talking to Coach Chad Morris and defensive coordinator John Chavis.

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