The Recruiting Guy:

4-star prospect comfortable with Neighbors' program

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Combination guard Rokia Doumbia.
Combination guard Rokia Doumbia.

Several things impressed highly regarded combination guard Rokia Doumbia on her official visit to Arkansas over the weekend, but the people at the school seemed to stand out the most.

“How the team was — a group of good girls,” said Danny Doyle, Doumbia's guardian. ”She really enjoyed spending time with them and felt really comfortable and just enjoyed the people. The campus is obviously beautiful, and the people are great. I think the resources there are really good. The academic adviser was awesome.”

Doumbia, 5-9, of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., will now look to visit Vanderbilt on Sept. 22, Oklahoma on Oct. 6 and TCU on Oct. 13. She’ll likely decide between Southern Cal, Tennessee or Georgia Tech for the fifth visit.

ESPN rates her a 4-star prospect and the No. 26 point guard and No. 94 overall prospect in the nation for the 2018 class. Doumbia, who attended Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors' Elite camp in June, is considering studying pre-med or engineering in college.

She moved to the United States in November 2015 from Mali in western Africa.

Whether the visit to Arkansas is enough to gain her signature likely won’t be known until she completes her five official visits.

“I think it’s just so hard to tell,” Doyle said. "I think she’s a really smart girl, and she knows you’re going to walk away from a visit feeling like, ‘Oh this is the one.' Not that she felt like that by any means, but she knows if the goal of the visit is to make you feel really good, and she did. But I think she’ll know that when she goes on all five of her visits and reflects and sees where it’s at.”


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