The Recruiting Guy:

Razorbacks in line for two more visits from WR

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Sunday, January 6, 2019
ESPN 300 junior receiver Ze'Vian Capers. Photo courtesy of Michelle Cripe.
ESPN 300 junior receiver Ze'Vian Capers. Photo courtesy of Michelle Cripe.

Junior receiver Ze'Vian Capers enjoyed his visit during the University of Arkansas' game against LSU in November so much that he plans to make two more trips to Fayetteville soon.

Capers, 6-4, 205 pounds, 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Florida, Clemson, Louisville, Virginia, South Carolina, Michigan State and others.

He plans to attend an Arkansas prospect day and make an official visit in the spring because of the hospitality Coach Chad Morris and receivers coach Justin Stepp showed him and his family during the fall trip.

"Coach Stepp and Coach Morris made my family and I comfortable," he said. "Even though Arkansas didn't have the best season, the fans stayed the entire game to support the Hogs. That meant a lot to my family and I because they truly care about their football team."

Stepp's relationship with Capers is pivotal to Arkansas' chances for Capers.

"I have a great relationship with Coach Stepp. We talk almost every day," Capers said. "Relationships are very important when it comes to making my college decision."

ESPN rates Capers the No. 53 receiver and No. 291 overall prospect in the nation, along with being the No. 26 prospect in Georgia.

Capers said he and Stepp talk about life after football and what he can do to help the program.

"Coach Stepp preaches that he wants me at Arkansas and I could help Arkansas reach a national and SEC championship," Capers said.

On Jan. 1, he announced his top 10 schools of Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan State, Duke, Virginia and Georgia Tech. He mentioned others schools he's looking to officially visit.

"Clemson, Florida and South Carolina, but things can always change," he said.

The Hogs appear to meet his parents' main desire in a school.

"My parents want to have a great relationship with my position coach and head coach," Capers said.

The Razorbacks have several ties that could work in their favor. Denmark Coach Terry Crowder is an Arkansas graduate and Fort Smith native, while former Razorback defensive lineman Patrick Jones is the defensive line coach for the Danes.

Capers recorded 62 receptions for 1,187 yards and 11 touchdowns while having 58 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 3 pass breakups at safety as a junior to help the Danes to a 5-5 record in Denmark's first year of existence.

His impact on the team was immeasurable.

"Ze'Vian meant everything to us," Crowder said. "He started both ways, could beat double coverage, was our playmaker on both sides of the ball."

Capers' cousin Gabbi lives in Fayetteville and is married to Arkansas strength assistant Chad Cain. He was able to visit with both in Novembert.

"My cousin Chad is a great guy. We felt at home even more when I got to chat and hang with Chad and my cousin Gabbi," he said. "They will support my decision wherever I go, but Arkansas will be a special place."

It appears he plans to study something sports related in college.

"Sports marketing and management, something along those lines," he said.

Email Richard Davenport at rdavenport@arkansasonline.com.

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