Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas pledge Dubinion gets 1st look at future home
Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove tailback and Arkansas pledge Rashod Dubinion (5-10, 185) committed to the Razorbacks sight unseen, but got a chance Monday to validate that choice while in Fayetteville.
“I am 100% committed to Arkansas,” Dubinion said.
Dubinion, a four-star prospect, according to 247 Sports, and several of his teammates were on hand Monday morning for the first of seven Arkansas football camps in six days.
“We've got basically the entire offense and defense up here,” Dubinion said. “I like it. It's very great, a nice atmosphere.”
Dubinion chose Arkansas over 25 other offers, including ones from Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, Michigan, Florida State, Michigan State and other programs.
He was excited to see former Cedar Grove head coach and current Arkansas running backs coach Jimmy Smith, who led the school to state titles in 2016 and 2018.
“Real great,” Dubinion said. “He was excited to see me and I was happy to see him too. I had a real good time camping and touring the facilities. I saw some stuff I like.”
In a pandemic-shortened five-game season, Dubinion ran for 536 yards and accounted for 129 receiving yards while scoring 12 total touchdowns.
Arkansas has also offered Cedar Grove wide receiver and Georgia Tech pledge Janiran Bonner, who was also on hand Monday for the camp.
The Cedar Grove group will move on to Ole Miss on Tuesday as it prepares for a full 2021 season.
“We always want to win a state championship, but most importantly better ourselves and be a better team,” Dubinion said. “Playing harder than last year.”
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