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Houston DB's family recommends Hogs
An Arkansas Razorback helmet at Chad Morris introductory press conference Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
If junior cornerback Bobby Wolfe's grandfather has anything to say about where he plays college football, he will most likely be an Arkansas Razorback.
He and his grandfather, Bobby Carmel Wolfe are very close.
"That's my boy," Wolfe said. "My grandfather loves me a lot. "
Wolfe, 6-3, 190 pounds, 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Houston Madison High School, has accumulated more than 20 scholarship offers, including ones from Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and others. His grandfather and other family members live in Little Rock.
"My grandpa is a big Razorback fan," Wolfe said. "He loves the Arkansas Razorbacks."
His grandfather was happy camper when the Hogs extended an offer to his grandson Jan. 19.
"He was excited," Wolfe said. "Half of my entire family lives down there. Everyone was excited about that one."
Wolfe also said he's looking to make his way to Fayetteville to check out the Razorbacks with his grandfather.
"My papa wants to fly me down during spring break," Wolfe said. "He'll probably fly me down there, and we'll probably check out the campus."
Wolfe's grandfather is very active and is in excellent health.
"He can run like three hours straight with no problems at all," Wolfe said. "We work to a lot when we're together."
Arkansas Coach Chad Morris and defensive backs coach Mark Smith have double-teamed Wolfe in trying to get him to be a Razorback.
"I remember getting letters from SMU when they were there, and I started getting a lot of Arkansas stuff when they got there," he said.
Wolfe also said he likes how Smith is recruiting him.
"He has a lot of energy, and I love It," Wolfe said. "He's excited about recruiting me, and that stuff means a lot to me."
He recorded 76 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 sacks and an eye-opening 12 forced fumbles last season.
"I'll rip the ball out every time I can," Wolfe said.
Wolfe said his uncle Darius Wolfe, who lives in Little Rock, is also a big Hogs fan.
"They all love the Razorbacks," Wolfe said of his family in Arkansas.
While he posted impressive stats as a junior, Wolfe said quarterbacks rarely throw to his side.
"They don't even throw the ball to my side. I don't get a lot of balls thrown to my side, but every time they do I pick it off," he said. "They move me down inside the box, sometimes as a strong safety, and I play downhill."
Wolfe, who has a 3.0 grade-point average, said he plans to major in sports medicine in college. His grandfather has stressed giving maximum effort.
"Always give 100 percent whenever you're doing something," Wolfe said of his grandfather's advice. "Regardless of what it is, regardless of how you feel the outcome is going to be, you give a 100 percent because you don't know who's watching and who's looking up to you."
Being a high profile athlete allows Wolfe to use his platform to be a role model, something he embraces.
"I've never been the type to follow the crowd," Wolfe said. "That's how my grandfather and my dad raised me. Things like that really matter in this society. Especially because everybody wants to be like everybody. ... I want to be something different."
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Sports on 01/28/2018
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