Storey is a huge commitment for Bret Bielema and the Razorbacks to land, especially so early into the process.
Richard Davenport of wholehogsports.com reports on the commitment:
Charleston junior quarterback Ty Storey has committed to Arkansas to become the Hogs' first pledge for the 2015 class.
Storey, 6-3,217, 4.92 seconds in the 40 yard dash, chose the Hogs over scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas State. He was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore team after completing 328 of 503 passes for 4,397 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Davenport notes that only Rhett Lashlee of Shiloh Christian has thrown for more yards as a sophomore in Arkansas state history. Ironically enough, Lashlee is the offensive coordinator at Auburn, but don't look too deep into that storyline.
Storey is Arkansas' first 2015 commitment, and that's an important honor and responsibility. The first few commitments to a class often times set the tone for a recruiting cycle, and momentum and hype mean everything.
Where one top-notch recruit goes, others tend to follow. At the very least they pay attention.
Bielema needs to field a strong team in 2013 to establish his presence as a new head coach in the SEC. Arkansas' long-term success under Bielema, however, will be determined by what he can do with the 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes.
The Razorbacks' 2014 class features five commitments, two of which are 4-star recruits.
That needs to improve, and it will.
With a top 2015 recruit already on board and a season ahead filled with the optimism of a new regime, Arkansas recruiting is in a good place.