Koa Kaleopaa is disappointed that Bobby Petrino lost his job as the Arkansas football coach but the La Mirada, Calif., linebacker said the Razorbacks are still high on his list especially because of their recent success and the coaches still on staff.
"It's too bad that it happened but I'm still interested in Arkansas," Kaleopaa said. "It doesn't influence how I'm thinking about them because I'm still interested.
"They've come up a lot the last few years. They never used to be a top 10 team in the nation. They recently got up there.
"You can't give all the credit to the head coach. Most of it is the players and all the coaches that are still there that put the players in positions to do their best. It's not all just coach (Bobby) Petrino. I'm still interested in them."
Kaleopaa, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect, said he's mainly been talking with Arkansas assistant coach Chris Klenakis and linebackers coach Taver Johnson, who will serve as the Razorbacks' interim head coach.
The three-star prospect said his only concern with Arkansas is if the new coach brings in an entirely different staff.
Because the new coaches wouldn't have to honor his scholarship that is something Kaleopaa would have to closely consider if that happens in the coming months.
"It would be a concern," Kaleopaa said. "I would still want to go to Arkansas but it would be a concern for me because they could take away that scholarship since they don't know about me. That's the only thing I'm worried about."
Arkansas, Arizona, Cal and Colorado have offered Kaleopaa and he said he's still open to all programs. A trip to Arizona and Arizona State could happen this weekend and then the three-star is planning to visit Cal for its upcoming spring game.
The Razorbacks will definitely remain high on his list but Kaleopaa is going to look at numerous Pac-12 visits as well.
"They're all up there," Kaleopaa said.
"I'm still interested in all of them. I think we're going to check out Arizona and Arizona State this weekend. My parents and I are thinking about going up to the Cal spring game, too. They really want us to come up there soon."