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Pine Bluff WR Crutchfield reopens his recruitment

Pine Bluff's Courtney Crutchfield (2) carries the ball during a game against Mills on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, in Little Rock.
Pine Bluff's Courtney Crutchfield (2) carries the ball during a game against Mills on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, in Little Rock.

Arkansas lost a key verbal commitment shortly before the start of its game at Florida on Saturday when receiver Courtney Crutchfield announced he was reopening his recruitment. 

Crutchfield, 6-2 and 175 pounds, of Pine Bluff committed to the Razorbacks on April 23 over Tennessee, Missouri, Auburn, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Kansas State and others. He said he was still considering the Hogs. 

"I just feel like I rushed into my decision, that’s all,” Crutchfield said. "I’m not saying I don’t like Arkansas or none of that. I like all the coaches. There’s no hard feelings. I just felt like I rushed into it.” 

He was the Hogs' second highest-rated pledge in the class behind defensive lineman Charleston Collins, according to On3.com. A consensus 4-star recruit, Crutchfield’s position industry ranking is No. 21 nationally and he is the No. 114 overall recruit in the country.

“After thorough thinking and praying, I have decided to re-open my recruitment and de-commit from the University of Arkansas,” Crutchfield wrote. “You get one recruitment process and I want to take the time to carefully consider all of my options without restriction.

 “I have the upmost respect for the Arkansas staff and appreciate them for everything. I have been blessed with several opportunities to play football and continue my education at some great universities. I hope that everyone will respect my decision as I do what is best for me and my family.”

The Hogs now have 18 pledges for the 2024 class.