Razorbacks suddenly look a lot better at linebacker after landing ex Cincy LB

Arkansas’ depth at linebacker just took a significant leap.

Former Cincinnati linebacker Jaheim Thomas committed to the Razorbacks from the transfer portal on Monday. Thomas will immediately slot in with Christopher Paul and Antonio Grier to provide Arkansas with its usual three-man rotation.

Thomas had 70 tackles, including 6 1/2 for loss last year for the Bearcats. Those totals ranked him third in both categories for the nation’s No. 29 defense.

Paul, who had 62 tackles last year, was the third man in Arkansas’ linebacking trio last year with Bumper Pool and Drew Sanders. Sanders was drafted over the weekend and Pool signed a rookie free-agent deal.

Grier had 92 tackles two seasons ago at South Florida. He was injured and played in just four games last year.

Arkansas hasn’t played more than three linebackers regularly in almost a decade. Two are regularly on the field in the team’s primary defense, along with either three or four defensive linemen, though it’s the pecking order of the three listed here is to-be-determined.

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire