Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hogs' South Florida connection interests safety
Safety Marques Gayot, who plans to visit Arkansas, is encouraged by running back Alex Collins and offensive lineman Denver KIrkland's success.
Arkansas will be getting an official visit from a safety Marques Gayot, who likes the idea the Hogs have several south Floridians on the roster.
The Razorbacks signed running back Alex Collins, offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, defensive lineman Ke’Tyrus Marks and safety DeAndre Coley from the area.
“Especially since they’re from my area,” Gayot said. “We can have that bond together automatically since we came from the same place. I would actually feel more comfortable up there.”
Gayot, 6-2, 200, 4.50 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Lake Worth, (Fla.) Park Vista is a Louisville commitment with nine other scholarship offers from Arkansas, Miami, Kentucky, South Florida and others. He plans to make his visit to Fayetteville in January. Senior highlights click here
“I’m still keeping my options open even though I’m committed to Louisville,” Gayot said. “Arkansas has been like my second place as of right now. So I would love to take a visit over there to see what it’s like.”
Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who graduated from Planation High School, is his leader recruiter.
“He told me I will have a big impact in the secondary and on their defense and that’s what I like to hear from coaches,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll go on my visit and I’ll love it up there and hope for the best.”
His size could allow him to play closer to the line of scrimmage.
“I might play outside linebacker,” Gayot said. “If that ends up happening, I wouldn’t mind. Whatever is best for the team.”
Partridge visited his school during the spring evaluation period.
“He’s a real funny guy,” Gayot said. “He’s just laid back guy I would say. We had that conversation about when I should take the visit and we just had that chemistry going on. We talk every two weeks or so.”
Gayot said he communicated to Coley through social media.
“I asked him how it was up there in Arkansas because I’ll be taking my visit up there real soon,” Gayot said. “He said it’s good. It’s better than what he thought.”
Seeing Collins and Kirkland playing early is helpful.
“I went to some of his games when he played at South Plantation,” Gayot said. “He’s getting some real playing time uo there too. So hopefully that can be me and go up there and start real soon.”