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Gulf Coast WR feels validated with commitment to Arkansas

COURTESY MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
 Receiver Jonathan Nance has verbally committed to Arkansas.
COURTESY MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE Receiver Jonathan Nance has verbally committed to Arkansas.

Two weeks ago when he picked up the SEC offer, former Gulfport receiver Jonathan Nance said he figured a commitment could be coming soon.

Tuesday he made it official, verbally committing to Arkansas over offers from Colorado State and Troy.

"I just went ahead and committed," Nance told the Sun Herald. "It was really my first big offer and from an SEC school. The coaches have been loving me a lot so I thought it would be a good decision to go ahead and commit.

"It feels great that I made a good decision."

Nance's road to Fayetteville, Ark., has been unique.

The 6-foot-2 receiver graduated high school early to jumpstart his career at Southern Miss. He had hoped to catch on early at receiver, but after Todd Monken's staff opted to try him out at defensive back, Nance decided instead to transfer to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after just a semester in Hattiesburg.

At Perkinston, Nance played with a bit of a chip on his shoulder to prove he could be an effective offensive player. The production followed as he caught 31 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns.

Once the Hogs came calling, Nance said he felt his decision was validated.

"My hard work paid off. (The Arkansas coaches) were keeping everything real and straight to the point about how I fit in," Nance said. "I feel like I proved I could play receiver instead of defensive back.

"I just like scoring and making plays."

Nance said he feels he can be a versatile receiver at Arkansas as either an inside or outside receiver.

Nance said he plans to finish out his sophomore season at MGCCC and transfer to Arkansas in December.

He's currently recovering from a left ankle injury but said he expects to "be back moving around" in 2-3 weeks.

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