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4-star ATH B.J. Hanspard, the son of a former Texas Tech All-American, chooses Arkansas

B.J. Hanspard.

B.J. Hanspard, the son of former Texas Tech All-America running back Byron Hanspard, announced Wednesday via Twitter that he has committed to Arkansas. He chose the Razorbacks over LSU, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.

Hanspard (6 feet 0, 170 pounds) plays wide receiver and cornerback for DeSoto (Texas) High. He’s considered one of the top-25 athletes nationally as well as a top-40 prospect overall in Texas.

His father, Byron, played running back for Texas Tech from 1994-96. He won the Doak Walker Award in his final season with the Red Raiders before being taken in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. B.J. actually is Byron Jr.

Given Arkansas coach Bret Bielema’s relationship with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kinsgbury, this has to be one recruiting battle that Bielema will especially savor. Byron Hanspard is Texas Tech’s leading career rusher, and he also holds school records for rushing yards in a season and rushing TDs in a career.

The younger Hanspard is the fourth player to commit to the Hogs in the 2018 class. Tuesday, the Razorbacks secured a commitment from three-star tight end Luke Ford.

(You can follow Dan Mathews on Twitter @DanMathewsATL)

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