Jason Peacock has dreamed about playing in the SEC because he and his father used to go to games all the time and the Glendora (Calif.) Citrus C.C. offensive tackle also wanted to find a stable environment with a solid coaching staff.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound prospect found all of those things during his recent visit to Arkansas and so Peacock decided to commit.
"It was a steady environment there," Peacock said. "When I went there I really liked the coaching staff and there was an ease level there. I liked all the other schools I visited but there was something a little bit different there.
"Any conference you play in is going to be tough but I grew up watching the SEC and it was something I wanted to do. I'm glad I got the opportunity.
"I grew up watching it and me and my dad would always go to some Georgia games or some Florida games and now I'll actually be able to play against those teams. It's going to be exciting."
Arkansas, Arizona, Houston, Memphis, Mississippi State, Utah, Utah State and Portland State were some of the programs involved with Peacock and he took visits to Arizona, Houston and Mississippi State as well but found everything he wanted in Fayetteville.
What was also important to Peacock, a three-star prospect by Rivals.com who's rated No. 50 in the junior college rankings, is that Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino recently agreed to a new seven-year contract through the 2017 season.
That stability was important to Peacock when he was looking for his new home. It was also crucial that he developed strong relationships with other coaches on Arkansas' staff throughout the recruiting process.
"It was really important," Peacock said. "I didn't want it to be a situation where I go to a school and the coach recruiting me might not be there.
"It was a big decision knowing (Petrino) is going to be there, knowing he just signed a contract. I don't want to go someplace where the new coach leaves and what if the new coach doesn't like me? How would that turn out?"