Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Arkansas visit made LB feel at home
Linebacker Dwayne Eugene wasn’t expecting to commit to Arkansas during his visit to Fayetteville for the Razorbacks’ Elite Prospect camp on July 20, but did so before leaving.
His teammate, cornerback Henre’ Toliver of Metairie, (La.) Rummel along with two other Louisiana prospects, receivers Torrance Mosley and Corey McBride of Geismar (La.) Dutchtown also pledged to the Hogs on the same day during their visits.
“That was a great feeling,” Eugene said. “I didn’t expect those two commit too. It was real cool.”
Eugene, 6-2, 216, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, and Toliver will travel to Dutchtown and play Mosley and McBride tonight.
“I haven’t talked to them after we committed,” said Eugene of the Dutchtown duo. “But I’m pretty sure after the game we’ll exchange numbers.”
He picked the Hogs over scholarship offers from Arizona, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Tulane and several others. Eugene said Fayetteville is a good fit for him.
“When I was up there it just felt like home,” he said. “I love the coaching staff, the team. They have one of the best business programs, one of the top 25 business programs in the nation. I believe I want to go into the finance field. It just felt like home.”
Eugene, who has recorded 19 tackles, 2 pass breakups and a recovered fumble this season, said he’s seen progress in his game.
“Definitely my coverage, I’m smarter this year,” Eugene said. “I’m seeing things a lot better than I did last year. I just think overall I’ve become a better player.”
The spread offense is becoming more prevalent in high school and college and has created challenges for defenses on both levels. Eugene gave his thoughts on how to defend the spread.
“Making open field tackles are key,” he said. “Lining up correctly is another big key and just making plays on the ball.”
Eugene said he and Hog receivers coach Michael Smith talk on a weekly basis.
“We touched bases with each other to see how each other is doing and how are families are doing,” Eugene said his the last conversation between the two.