The Razorbacks just picked up a commitment from one of the better defenders from the Horizon League as Northern Kentucky graduate transfer Jalen Tate announced his decision to join the Arkansas basketball program.

Tate announced the news on Friday.

“I would like to first and foremost thank the man upstairs because without him none of this would be possible. I would like to thank my family and closest friends along with former coaches who helped and had a hand in my decision. Also, thank you to Norse Nation for the most wonderful beginning to a college career with all the support and success we were able to have. I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in that success and my development as a player at NKU.

“All the coaches, all the managers and especially my brothers that I went to war with night in and night out. I know y’all will keep the winning tradition and legacy that we started to build ongoing. With that being said, I will be committing to the University of Arkansas! Let’s go Hogs! Proud to be apart of the family!”

Tate is a graduate transfer which makes him eligible immediately next season for the Razorbacks. Tate was named to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team after racking up 37 steals and 21 blocks for Northern Kentucky last season. He also won MVP honors during the most recent Horizon League Tournament.

The rising senior also averaged 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game last season for Northern Kentucky. He picked the Razorbacks after receiving interest from Cincinnati, Penn State, Wichita State, Tulane, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Gonzaga and UCF after announcing his decision to leave Northern Kentucky.

This addition is the latest in a recruiting class that already ranked as a top 10 class in the nation.

Needless to say, things are turning around quickly in Fayetteville under Eric Musselman.