Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Florida defensive back drawn to Arkansas’ Shannon
Defensive back Cornelius Floyd of Miami Gulliver Prep is high on Arkansas’ list of recruits and will make an official visit to the school Jan. 17.
“It’s a place I always wanted to visit,” Floyd said.
Floyd, 6-1, 170 pounds, 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has been offered a scholarship by approximately 17 schools, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wake Forrest, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Virginia. He also has plans to take official visits to Oklahoma and Virginia.
Floyd has described Arkansas linebackers coach Randy Shannon as a “father figure” and knows that Shannon is recruiting several other highly regarded prospects from South Florida.
“He’s great,” said Floyd, who is expecting Shannon to do an in-home visit Sunday. “I think he’s doing a great job, and the kids he’s going after in this class will be something special in the future if we all come together.”
The defensive back said Shannon is an excellent recruiter because he relates well with prospects.
“He gives great advice and knows where players come from and wants what’s best for the players,” Floyd said.
Floyd said he will go where he feels the most comfortable, and his impression of the coaches, fans and the team will dictate that. He said he also has gotten to know Arkansas cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson through the recruiting process.
“Coach Johnson is a very cool guy and honest,” he said. “I like that about him.”
Arkansas receiver commitment Jared Cornelius is planning to room with someone he plans to catch passes from while he’s a Razorback - quarterback Rafe Peavey.
He and Peavey plan to enroll at Arkansas in January and take part in spring practice. Peavey signed a f inancial aid agreement with the Hogs on Monday, and Cornelius could sign his Dec. 5 when Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and receivers coach Michael Smith visit.
Cornelius, 6-1, 190, 4.48, of Shreveport Evangel, said he and Peavey talk on a regular basis.
“We talk pretty much every day,” Cornelius said. “We just worked out our room situation.”
Cornelius committed to the Hogs in August over scholarship offers from Missouri, Tennessee, San Diego State and others. The Tigers haven’t backed off and are still trying to change his mind, while an offer from Notre Dame appears to be imminent. He said a Notre Dame visit is a possibility.
“I think I would just so I could say I went to Notre Dame,” Cornelius said. “It’s a pretty cool place as far as tradition and everything. It would be a cool visit, but it’s too far away from home to go to school there.”
He said he spoke to Bielema, Smith and recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser on Sunday.
“They were just trying to get everything squared away as far as my aid agreement,” he said. “They’re just making sure I’m locked in even though Notre Dame has stepped in. Just making sure everything is good.”
Bryant features an offensive lineman, junior Cameron Davis, who’s a major college prospect and a sophomore defensive lineman, Cameron Murray, who will likely join Davis as a prospect.
Davis, 6-4, 260, was a first year starter for the Hornets this season and his play has Arkansas, Auburn and Missouri interested. But his light feet and athletic ability will undoubtedly lure in more schools.
Bryant Coach Paul Calley said Davis finished the season strong.
“He was the dominant run blocker by the end of the season,” Calley said. “Coaches from other teams even mentioned him.”
Davis is the son of Isaac Davis, a former Hog offensive lineman in 1990-1993 who was named to Arkansas’ All-Decade team and played five seasons in the NFL.
Calley believes the 6-3, 285-pound Murray is also a Division-I talent.
“He’s probably not as polished as Cameron,” Calley said. “But another year in the off season and the experience he’ll have coming back next year, he should be a force.”
Murray recorded 27 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and a sack this season.
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POS. PLAYER HT WT 40
WR Jared Cornelius 6-1 190 4.48 SCHOOL Shreveport Evangel
RB Juan Day 6-2 210 4.5 SCHOOL North Little Rock
LB Dwayne Eugene 6-2 215 4.5 SCHOOL Metairie (La.) Rummel
LB Khalia Hackett 6-2 208 4.63 SCHOOL Douglasville (Ga.) South Paulding
DE Jake Hall 6-5 230 - SCHOOL Springdale Har-Ber
K Cole Hedlund 5-10 170 - SCHOOL Argyle, Texas
DL Bijhon Jackson 6-2 325 5.1 SCHOOL El Dorado
TE Jack Kraus 6-5 240 4.9 SCHOOL Bentonville
WR Corey McBride 6-2 180 4.34 SCHOOL Geismar (La.) Dutchtown
WR Torrance Mosley 5-10 175 4.4 SCHOOL Geismar (La.) Dutchtown
CB Chris Murphy 5-10 180 4.4 SCHOOL Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
QB Rafe Peavey 6-2 208 4.5 SCHOOL Bolivar, Mo.
TE Ravian Pierce 6-4 230 4.53 SCHOOL Plantation (Fla.)
OL Jovan Pruitt 6-6 295 5.1 SCHOOL Dallas Bishop Dunne
DB Santos Ramirez 6-2 180 4.55 SCHOOL Shreveport Evangel
CB Henre Toliver 6-1 180 4.56 SCHOOL Metairie (La.) Rummel
DL Armon Watts 6-5 270 5.1 SCHOOL St. Louis Christian Brothers
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