Arkansas will host the first two official visitors of new Razorback head coach Bret Bielema's era beginning Tuesday afternoon.
Georgia Military College safety Tiquention Coleman (5-11, 190) and linebacker Neville Hewitt (6-2, 220) will arrive in Fayetteville this afternoon per GMC defensive coordinator Rob Manchester.
"They are both fantastic players and I think both can be great players in the SEC," Manchester said. "I know they are excited about the visit."
Coleman – a mid-term graduate - is actually a Wisconsin commit, having pledged last month to Bielema when he was still the coach of the Badgers.
That was after also visiting Arizona and with other offers from Auburn, South Carolina and Clemson.
"He really likes Coach Bielema and his style of play and felt like he was going to be a real good fit in their defense at Wisconsin," Manchester said. "I don't know their situation at Arkansas, but I am sure he is an SEC type player.
"I know there are some schools that had concerns about his height because they want safeties that at are 6-foot or 6-1, but he is just a football player that makes all the plays in both the run game and the pass game," Manchester said.
Georgia Military College linebackers coach Dustin Ramsey agrees with that assessment of Coleman, who had over 60 tackles and three interceptions this past season.
"Both of these guys are great players and very physical and very active in both the run game and when a team goes to the air," Ramsey said. "They are both hard hitters and really bring it."
Ramsey noted that the two switched positions before the year with Coleman moving from Dog (a hybrid linebacker/safety spot) and free safety.
"Tiquention started every game last season at Dog," Ramsey said, "but Neville was bigger and we thought he was more of an outside linebacker – probably a Will linebacker on the next level - and thought Tiquention would be playing safety in college and we wanted to help that development."
While Coleman has already graduated and is able to move to his next destination, Hewitt has one more semester to finish.
"He has offers from Colorado State and Marshall and Rutgers, but we expect the recruiting for him to really start to pick up now," Manchester said. "He had 72 tackles this season and was our leading tackler for the second straight season."
Georgia Military College went 7-4 last season with a last-minute loss to Navarro College in the Heart of Texas Bowl.
"It was a really good year for us and we had that bowl game won and just made a couple mistakes late," Manchester said. "They were two big reasons for our success and I think would be great pick-ups for Arkansas."
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