Reports: Former MLB outfielder Monte Harrison joins Arkansas as walk-on wide receiver

Sam Pittman

A former four-star recruit who chose professional baseball out of high school is returning to college as a 28-year-old walk-on at Arkansas.

Monte Harrison, who was drafted No. 50 overall by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Lee’s Summit West High School in Missouri, committed Tuesday to play college football at Arkansas, according to E. Wayne of Razorbacks Wire via USA Today.

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Harrison last played in the MLB for Los Angeles on July 12, 20222, in Anaheim. He had a career .176 batting average and hit two home runs in 50 games across parts of three big-league seasons, and he was named to the 2019 Futures Game in the minors.

Harrison committed to play wide receiver at Nebraska before he graduated high school, according to Daniel Fair of via Rivals, and he was offered scholarships to Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri.

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The Missouri native caught 1,007 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 198 more yards and 12 more scores — in addition to a passing touchdown — his senior year at Lee’s Summit West High School, according to Nick Kosko of On3.

Fifth-year head coach Sam Pittman and the Razorbacks went 4-8 last season in the Southeastern Conference.