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THE RECRUITING GUY:
Texas cornerback planning second visit to UA
Arkansas coach Brett Bielema instructs his team during a practice Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at Rhodes College in Memphis in preparation for the Liberty Bowl.
Chevin Calloway of Dallas Bishop Dunne, rated the No. 8 cornerback and No. 70 overall by ESPN and who was born in Pine Bluff, will be making his second visit to Fayetteville to check out the Razorbacks on Friday.
Calloway, 5-11, 185, 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has more than 30 scholarship offers from schools like Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU and UCLA. He and some family members visited for the Red-White spring game April 23.
Members of his family have asked Calloway several questions about the first trip.
“They were asking me what the coaches were like and what I thought of the program,” said Calloway, who moved to Texas when he was 3.
Calloway had high praise for Coach Bret Bielema, who has had 39 players drafted by the NFL in 10 years as a head coach.
“I told them he was a great guy and I told them about the success with putting players into the NFL,” Calloway said. “I told them about player development and what he’s done with players. So they’re looking forward to it.”
He talks to linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves on Twitter and on the phone about three times a week.
Calloway wants to learn more about Arkansas’ academics. The Razorbacks had 40 players with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher during the first semester. The football team also earned a 2.94 GPA.
“That hit home with me,” Calloway said.
During his first visit, Calloway was able to see some of the facilities and the stadium, but is looking forward to seeing more.
Calloway, who still has relatives in Pine Bluff, Stuttgart, Altheimer and Little Rock, also is planning summer trips to Texas, Auburn and Ole Miss.
“I’ll be narrowing down [the list] after I take those visits,” Calloway said, but Arkansas will make the cut. “I haven’t put out a complete list right now, but they’ll be in the top,” Calloway said.
INTEREST IN ARKANSAS
Highly recruited linebacker Colin Anderson, an Arkansas target, received his 31st scholarship offer from South Carolina on Thursday.
To sort through the large number of schools, his mother put together a spreadsheet of each school, giving the pros and cons of each.
Anderson, 6-1, 210 pounds of Killen (Ala.) Brooks, has offers from Arkansas, California, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan and Tennessee among others.
He described some of the spreadsheet.
“I have to find the major that I would be interested in at each school, then we write that down and see how far away it is,” Anderson said. “Would I like to live in the area? Would I be in a region where I could work in with the actual degree I would be interested in. There’s a lot of variables to take into account.”
Anderson, who has made a 29 on the ACT, has a 4.2 weighted grade point average and 3.9 non-weighted. While researching Arkansas, he found his likely major.
“I think we picked management information systems,” Anderson said.
He’s communicated with defensive line coach Rory Segrest and linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves.
“I definitely have interest in the University of Arkansas,” Anderson said. “I think they’re up and coming. I know they use to be kingpins and they’ve kind of stumbled a bit, but I definitely think they can find their way back to the top of the SEC.”
He has some family friends that attend Arkansas and they love the school.
Anderson’s older brother, Kael Anderson, played defensive back at Notre Dame and just finished his first year of law school at Drake.
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