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Georgia athlete may follow teammate to Arkansas
An Arkansas football helmet is shown on a trunk on Friday, Nov. 26 2021, during the second half of play at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
The University of Arkansas football program has the commitment of highly coveted 4-star quarterback Malachi Singleton, and there’s a chance the Hogs might add one of his teammates in the future.
Class of 2024 athlete David Eziomume, 6-1, 200 pounds, of Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb, has 13 scholarship offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, Miami, Missouri, Louisville, South Carolina and others.
He said he’s admirer of his teammate and Razorback offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, who plans to be at North Cobb’s spring game tonight.
“My quarterback just committed,” said Eziomume, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, “I have high interest in Arkansas. I like how Coach Briles has the offense set up, and I like the previous performances these last few years.”
Singleton, an ESPN 4-star prospect and the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, pledged to the Hogs on April 25.
Eziomume caught 12 passes for 147 yards and 1 touchdown and rushed 18 times for 136 yards for the Class 7A Warriors last season.
“There’s a high chance I visit there soon,” Eziomume said of the Hogs.
None of the major recruiting services have rated Eziomume, but Rivals has him as a 4-star prospect. His highlight video shows someone who has the potential to be an elite recruit in his class.
Singleton has talked up the Razorbacks to his teammate.
“He said it’s different down there,” Eziomume said.
The Hogs signed receiver Sam M’bake from North Cobb for the 2022 class. Having Singleton and M’bake in Fayetteville is appealing to Eziomume, he said.
“I’m going to have to build chemistry with my teammates but just knowing I can feel a little more comfortable with someone I’ve known,” Eziomume said.
Versatility describes Eziomume with schools looking at him as a receiver and running back. The Hogs see him catching balls.
“They’re recruiting me as a wide receiver, but Coach Briles knows I play running back as a well,” Eziomume said. “He’s seen my Hudl tape. He said I’m a very versatile athlete. He’s seen the speed, he’s seen me go for the balls. He said I’m going to fit in the scheme.”
Eziomume faced tremendous adversity in 2019 when his father, Boniface Eziomume, died.
“It was hard for me to focus at first, but I know he would still want me to do what I’m doing,” he said. “It gives me strength on the football knowing who I play for.”
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