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DESOTO, Texas — With big shifts in college football coaching staffs comes big shifts in high school athlete’s verbal commitments to the schools they planned to attend to further their education and grow as an athlete. For Texas high school athletes a shift was made last night as BJ Hanspard of Desoto, Texas retracted his verbal commitment to Arkansas.

As of Wednesday night, Byron “BJ” Hanspard, Jr. is back on the market for colleges across the country. The four-star Desoto wide receiver posted a statement via Twitter announcing his decision to decommit from the University of Arkansas:

Hanspard, Jr. committed to Arkansas in March earlier this year, but with head coach Bret Bielema’s parting from the Razorbacks’ organization, he felt called to change his mind on his school decision.

Hanspard, Jr., who won a 6A state title with DeSoto in 2016, has been a force defensively for the Eagles in 2017. He finishing the season tied for fourth in tackles (42) as well as closing out his senior season second in pass deflections (4) and interceptions (1) and seventh in tackles-for-loss (3). He also returned seven kicks for 145 yards for a 20.7-yard average.

“I asked God to make things plain and clear to the way it needs to be then things started shifting,” he said on Twitter shortly after his announcement. “Can’t tell me God doesn’t answer prayers.”

The son of former Texas Tech running back Byron Hanspard, the 4-star Dallas area product was one of the Razorbacks’ top prospects for their 2018 class and ranked as the No. 15 athlete in the country, per 247Sports Composite.

At 6-foot and 170 pounds, the Desoto star has offers from as many as 18 other schools including Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Baylor who he will visit on Dec. 1.

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