Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Ole Miss commit still slated to visit Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK Linebacker Rashawn Smith has been committed to Ole Miss since September, but he’s planning to officially visit Arkansas along with the Rebels and Vanderbilt.
Smith, 6-3, 205, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Florence, Ala. reports scholarship offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Minnesota, South Alabama and Tulane.
“I just want to make sure I make the right decision,” said Smith of why he wants to visit the Hogs. ” I like the fact they’re an SEC school and that’s one of the big schools.”
Defensive tackles coach Kevin Peoples attend Smith’s game during Arkansas’ open date.
“That means a lot, anytime you have a coach come down to watch you play,” said Smith, who has been selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star game.”That actually shows they want to recruit you and not messing around and pretending they’re showing interest. Anytime you have a coach come down that’s big.”
The Razorbacks will have to some work to do in order to get Smith to flip his commitment but Smith should his visit to Fayetteville gives him a comfort level.
“I’ve talked it over with coach Peoples about that and he’s told me about their business school,” Smith said. “I really like that because that’s one of the majors I’m taking interest in and I like business. It would have to be something that stands out. It will have to make me feel like home. Arkansas is a pretty good place. It’s not too far from home but it’s not that close to where I could run back home because I want to be far enough away from home but not too far. It’s kind of right there in the middle.”
After football, Smith is leaning towards trying to fulfill a goal of his in the business world.
“I want to have my own business like a restaurant,” Smith said. “I’ve always said I wanted to do that. Growing up I said engineering but now I’m leaning towards business.”