Waco, Texas quarterback Robert Johnson thought for quite a while about his decision, but he knows where he's going now.
"I'm going to Arkansas," the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Johnson said. "At Arkansas I will have the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job next fall. They have new coaches coming in, but they intend to keep the same style of offense they have been running."
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has recently hired Eastern Illinois assistant head coach Roy Wittke as quarterbacks coach.
"I haven't talked to Coach Wittke yet, but Coach Nutt keeps telling me that we will run the same style of offense in 2003 as they have in recent years."
Johnson's other final option was Kansas State, but the Big 12 school had potential Heisman Trophy candidate Ell Roberson locked in as the 2003 quarterback, which would have forced the nation's No. 7 rated dual-threat quarterback to most likely redshirt.
"At Kansas State, I was going to have to redshirt in 2003 and then have the chance to get the job the next year," Johnson said.
Johnson becomes Arkansas' 25th known verbal commitment for the Class of 2003.