Arkansas Set To Host Wingo

Dudley Dawson chats with St, Louis prep cornerback prospect Raymond Wingo (6-1, 175, 4.3), the younger brother of former Razorback Ronnie Wingo and someone who will be visiting Arkansas on Monday.

Arkansas will have a chance in the next few days to land a defensive Wingo instead of an offensive one.

St. Louis University High standout Raymond Wingo (6-1, 175, 4.3), the brother of former Razorback tailback Ronnie Wingo, will be taking an unofficial visit to Fayetteville on Monday.

While the younger Wingo is an excellent quarterback in high school, he wants to play cornerback in college and that is where Arkansas has him slotted on its recruiting board.

"We could have like five people or like 20 down there," Wingo said. "I am just really looking forward to getting down there and getting to know the new coaches and seeing what they are like and how they see me fitting into the program.

While Wingo has been to Arkansas numerous times to see his brother play for the Razorbacks, this will be his first true opportunity visiting as a prospective Razorback.

"In addition to meeting the coaches and having them show me around, Ronnie is going to give me a tour of Fayetteville and what it is all about," Wingo said. "I am excited about it all."

He has stayed in contact with Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash.

"Coach Ash is a nice guy and a really great coach," Wingo said. "He has developed a lot of great players, many who have gone on to the NFL and that is where I want to go."

Wingo has 14 offers, including Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas State, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Tulsa and Illinois.

"I am really early in the process and I am trying to be a team guy and not let this recruiting get in the way of our team goals," Wingo said. "That's why I will wait until after the season to take all five of my official visits."

He went to camp at Alabama this summer and also has been be on Ohio State's campus for another camp.

"I got a chance to see those two places and now I'll take this trip to Arkansas," Wingo said. "I may possibly make it to see Georgia and Iowa."

Wingo rushed 142 times for 1,379 yards and 20 touchdowns, had 11 catches for 152 yards and also had 23 tackles with five interceptions in limited time on defense.

"Since I was in on every snap on offense and had some long runs, our coach tried to get me some rest and not play all the time on defense," Wingo said. "I played a lot the last three games over there and I really feel like cornerback will be my best spot in college."

Like his older brother, Wingo is a speedster who ran a best of 10.49 in the 100-meter dash this spring and won the state with a 10.8.

"I think I will probably just concentrate on football in college, but I guess I would see how the track coach and the football coach feel about it," Wingo said. "But football will be what I concentrate on for sure."

Ronnie Wingo signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons after going undrafted in the recent NFL draft.

He averaged 5.29 yards per carry and caught 59 passes in his Razorback career and is looked upon by the Falcons as a possible third-down back and special teams player.

"Of course, nobody knows for sure what is going to happen, but he does feel like it is a great situation for him and they have been very positive about his chances," the younger Wingo said. "We are all just hoping for the best."

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