On Saturday Bobby Portis fulfilled a dream.
Since he was seven years old, Portis, a 6-foot-8 big man in the 2013 recruiting class, has cheered for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Now he will get the opportunity to play for them.
Coming off a monster July that saw his stock rise, Portis picked up a scholarship from Arkansas and late Saturday, during an unofficial visit, he opted to accept it.
“It’s like a dream,” Portis said with excitement.
“I’m a hometown guy man I always wanted to go there since I was little,” he added.
Portis, a standout at Little Rock (Ark.) Hall, had picked up interest from Kansas, Minnesota, Baylor, Memphis and Nebraska, but the lure of Arkansas was just too much for Portis.
“They’ve been on me for a while,” he said. “They have been on me since April.”
The Arkansas coaching staff also stood out to Portis. He cited the family atmosphere as one of the things that stuck out to him.
“They are pretty good,” he said. “All of them are down to earth. They talked highly of me. The biggest thing that got me was they said they are like a family.”
Portis, who plays AAU ball with the Arkansas Wings, is currently a four-star prospect and will jump into Scout.com’s 2013 top 100 when they are released later in the fall.
Portis is the second 2013 recruit to pick Arkansas. He joins Clarksville (Ark.) High standout Dederick Lee to make up their current class.