Arkansas lands local trio

On Monday, three players from Fayetteville (Ark.) High School elected to play for their hometown Razorbacks, according to ArkansasNews.com. Four-star quarterback Austin Allen, four-star outside linebacker Brooks Ellis and safety Alex Brignoni all made verbal commitments to the SEC program.

Allen, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound pocket-passer, was the most heavily-recruited of the trio. He also held scholarship offers from Auburn, Arizona State, Stanford, South Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Arkansas State, Tulsa and Memphis.

“We just really thought it was cool that we would all have a chance to play together,” said Allen. “It’s been a dream of mine growing up since middle school with these guys for us to all be able to play college ball. And to be able to play together at Arkansas is a dream come true.”

Allen, the younger brother of Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, set a single-season Class 7A record with 4,150 passing yards last fall.

Ellis, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound talent, selected the Hogs over scholarship offers from South Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Illinois, Arkansas State and Purdue.

“I was just thinking too far ahead in my future and I thought Notre Dame or Vanderbilt could give me a better future,” Ellis said. “But I realized Arkansas can give provide me that same future, and I’ve got all my family and all of my friends here who support me.”

Brignoni, who received his offer from the Razorbacks on Saturday, said, "I definitely kind of knew I wanted to go to Arkansas. It's always been a dream of mine."

Arkansas has five commitments for 2013.