Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Cornelius ready to make impact
Shreveport Evangel Coach Byron Dawson calls Jared Cornelius one of the best receivers the school has produced.
Arkansas’ 52-7 loss to South Carolina didn’t faze Hog receiver commitment Jared Cornelius.
“I didn’t chose Arkansas because of what they had before me or things that’s happening this year,” Cornelius said. “I’m going up there to Arkansas because I want to make a difference. I want to be a an impact player.”
Cornelius, 6-1, 190, 4.48 seconds in the 40 yard dash, Shreveport (La.) Evangel pledged to the Hogs in August over scholarship offers from six other schools, including Tennessee, Houston, Tulsa and San Diego State. Video highlights click here
He talks weekly with receivers coach Micheal Smith.
“He just calls and makes sure everything is alright,” Cornelius said. “Of course we’re still dominating on Friday nights. He said he’s going to come and visit during their bye week and watch us play too.”
Cornelius had 87 receptions for 1,589 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior and broke the school’s single-game receiving yardage record, held by former LSU receiver Abram Booty. This season, he has 31 catches for 561 yards and 6 touchdowns.
“That’s my goal, just to get better and better not for the year, but everyday,” Cornelius said. “I feel like last week’s practice was the best practice I’ve ever had. I’m just trying to continue to keep growing.”
In last week’s 62-13 victory over Green Oaks, Cornelius had 7 receptions for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns along with a 55 yard punt return. He said he’s seen improvement in his play this year.
“I would say turning small plays into big plays,” Cornelius said. “I watch a lot of film on myself and I think how in the heck did I get out of that. My route running in general and just trying to become a better player all around.”
Cornelius said Ole Miss and Miami have continued to recruit him and an official visit to Oxford is a possibility.