NCF On The Trail: Colton Jackson
July, 20, 2013
By Damon Sayles | ESPN.com
Bret Bielema and the Arkansas coaching staff probably wish they could have weekends like this more often.
After starting Sunday morning with only five commits, the Razorbacks are up to 12 after Saturday. Four players who were in attendance for the Razorbacks’ elite prospect camp -- all from the state of Louisiana -- gave their verbal pledges on Saturday. The Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel duo of safety/outside linebacker Dwayne Eugene and three-star cornerback Henre’ Toliver and the Geismar (La.) Dutchtown receiver duo of four-star Corey McBride and Torrance Mosley each committed to Arkansas.
“The Boot’s coming to Arkansas,” a proud Mosley said. “I guess the other guys felt the same way I felt. They fell in love with the campus and the coaches. It’s pretty cool; I’m not going to lie.”
Eugene is a 6-foot, 218-pound defender with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, making him a target to be a hybrid safety/linebacker if the Razorbacks choose to utilize him in such a way. Toliver, a 6-1, 180-pound athlete, is a big, physical cornerback who might be the most intriguing recruit of the four. He has offers from Oklahoma, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Nebraska and others.
“We’re doing big things in Louisiana,” Toliver said. “For me, it was my choice. I liked it athletically, academically and socially. I liked the town and everything.”
Perhaps the biggest pickup of the four is McBride, a 6-1, 172-pound receiver who is ranked No. 43 in his position. McBride said he and Torrance, a 5-10, 162-pound receiver, went in together to speak with the Arkansas staff. McBride is expected to be more of an outside receiver, Mosley more of a slot receiver.
“I’m very happy and lucky to be in the SEC with the Razorbacks,” McBride said. “It’s beautiful out here, kind of like another world. Plus, I want to major and drafting and architecture, and they’re like No. 2 in the country.”
Added Mosley: “I liked the coaching staff and the new facilities they’ve built. I met some of the team [Friday] night and had a great time. The coaches are real. I don’t think it gets any better than this.”
In addition to the Louisiana commits, Arkansas also scored a 2015 pledge Saturday in 6-6, 291-pound offensive tackle Colton Jackson (Conway, Ark./Conway). Jackson, who also had a Central Arkansas offer, is the third 2015 commit for the Razorbacks and the second in-state pledge.
Along with the five Saturday pledges, Arkansas picked up three-star offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) on Friday. On Thursday, junior college cornerback Kweishi Brown (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont College) became a part of the 2014 class. Three-star 2014 cornerback Christopher Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) kicked the week off with a verbal commitment on July 14.