Making His Own Name

St. Louis (MO) University High football star Raymond Wingo, the younger brother of former Razorback tailback Ronnie Wingo, is hoping to make a name for himself as a cornerback in college.

His last name is very familiar to Arkansas fans, but St. Louis (MO) University High standout Raymond Wingo is about the other side of the ball than his older brother Ronnie.

"Some people want me as a wide receiver and kick returner, but I really want to play cornerback on college," Wingo said. "I think I have great speed, good height and good hips for the position and I think that is where I could have the most success."

Wingo (6-0, 173, 4.4), who had 23 tackles and five interceptions last season while rushing for just under 1,400 yards, indeed has speed just like his brother Ronnie - a former Razorback tailback who recently signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

"He is really happy about that, knowing that he is going to get a chance to make it in the NFL even if he didn't get to play as much as he would like at Arkansas," Wingo said. "But he loved his time at Arkansas."

Wingo, who has a best of 10.6 on the 100-meter dash, has around 14 offers.

In addition to Arkansas, he has offers from Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Tulsa and others.

"I think it is 13 or 14 all together," Wingo said. "I feel very fortunate to have so many good options. I am going to try and visit the ones that I am most interested in this summer that have offered me and also go visit Auburn and Alabama."

Is it possible that he will follow in his brother's footsteps and be a Razorback?

"Yes, I am very interested in Arkansas and that could happen," Wingo said. "I've been to a bunch of games down there when Ronnie was playing and those fans are just crazy. Arkansas has great fans."

His brother didn't get a chance to play for the new Razorback head coach Bret Bielema, who took the job in December after a successful run at Wisconsin.

"I have gotten to meet the new staff yet, but I am looking forward to it," Wingo said. "(Arkansas offensive line) Coach (Sam (Pittman) stopped by the school the other day and I saw him, but you can't talk to them during that time."

He isn't in a rush to make a decision.

"I won't make my decision any time soon as I want to see who all is interested before I start narrowing it down," Wingo said. "I am open to just about everybody right now. I won't announce until likely on signing day unless I get invited to one of the big all-star games."

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