Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Rhaheed making a return trip to the Hill
Arkansas will get a second chance to impress highly recruited linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed when he arrives late Saturday morning for an official visit.
Rhaheed, 6-4, 212 pounds, 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central has more than 20 scholarship offers, Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Louisville and Ole Miss.
He and his teammate and another top target, defensive end Rahawn Shaw visited Fayetteville during the Elite Prospect camp in July.
“First off they have the new locker room and the new facilities,” said Rhaheed of what impressed him on his first trip. “The coaching staff is great I like almost everyone I like where the program is heading. They’re building something special there.”
He lists the Hogs at the top of his list but he intends to make other visits.
“Right now, just Arkansas, Oregon and Louisville,” Rhaheed said.
In his first year to play linebacker, Rhaheed recorded 83 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 9 sacks but he wasn’t satisfied.
“I could still improve a lot,” said Sharieff, who will have his mother with him on the visit. “There were some plays last year I could’ve made but I didn’t.”
He had surgery on his wrist after his visit to Arkansas in July and will be sidelined for about three more weeks.
Rhaheed been talking to almost half of the coaching staff, Coach Bret Bielema, defensive coordinator Chris Ash, defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and linebackers coach Randy Shannon.
“They told me to take my time and don’t rush back,” Rhaheed said of his injury. “That’s only going to make it worse and just try and enjoy your senior year. They said don’t lose focus and keep practicing and help out your teammates.”
Arkansas hasn’t pressured Rhaheed for a commitment and his appreciates that.
“Yeah, I don’t want to feel pressure to commit,” he said. “You might commit because the school pressured you at the time but you really want to think about it for a couple of days or weeks or months on how you feel about the school.”