One of the best defensive backs in the state decided to play football in Arkansas.
Pinson Valley’s TJ Metcalf pledged to the Razorbacks today on social media, picking Arkansas after recently narrowing his roster to the Razorbacks, Ole Miss, Penn State and Jackson State.
“I just felt like the time was right to move forward with them,” Metcalf said. “Coach (Sam) Pittman and Coach (Dominique) Bowman did a great job recruiting me and my family. I was very comfortable there and had a great time. They made me feel at home.
The 3-star defensive back is ranked 22nd overall in the state among 247High level sports seniors and No. 30 in the Rival list of top seniors.
“They want me to come in and play it safe,” Metcalf said. “They recruited me and a few other guys to fill their rear end. They have big plans for me and I feel like their top priority in high school.
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Metcalf was born in Oxford, Mississippi, and both of his parents went to school at Ole Miss, with dad Tarrus playing for the Rebels, as did his cousin and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf.
“Of course, I’ve always loved Ole Miss,” young Metcalf said. “With DK and my father, we have a lot of family ties there. I just felt like it was the right decision for me.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior had 115 tackles as a junior with four interceptions, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
“It’s been a long journey since last year for him and his family and I’m very proud of his work ethic and his humility through it all,” Pinson Valley coach Lee Guess said. “He received a lot of wisdom from his family and friends who have already gone through the process, so he put a lot of thought into this decision.
“I think Arkansas is a perfect fit for him and we’re all looking forward to seeing another deserving player represent PV Nation at the next level.
“I’m just thrilled to see him play and see his hard work pay off in his final year.”
Metcalf will be lining up in Pinson Valley High with his younger brother Tevis this season. The junior is also a prospect with offers from Arkansas, Jackson State and more.