Cornelius Is Ready

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian wide receiver Jared Cornelius (6-2, 190, 4.4) about his college choice that he will announce Friday afternoon.

A little less than a month ago, Arkansas had just five pledges in its 2014 recruiting class, but that number could grow to 15 on Friday afternoon.

That's when Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Jared Cornelius (6-2, 190, 4.4) will announce his decision between the Razorbacks and Missouri somewhere around 3 p.m.

Cornelius is coming off a very productive junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,589 yards and 18 touchdowns and also has offers from Tennessee, Houston, Louisiana Tech, San Diego State and Tulsa.

"Arkansas and Missouri are both great schools and there is a lot to like about both places," Cornelius said. "In the end, I just have to go to the place I feel like is the best fit for me for the next four or five years both off and on the field."

Cornelius went to camps at both schools, beginning with Arkansas' Elite Camp on July 19th.

"I had a great time at Arkansas' camp," Cornelius said. "I love their coaches and they have already proved that they can be at the top of the SEC. They have the best facilities I have ever seen and it's just a great situation for any football player. I really think the new staff at Arkansas is a great one."

Cornelius, who had a school-record 341 yards receiving in one game last season, also had the opportunity to visit Missouri soon afterwards.

"Missouri is a school that has put a lot of receivers in the NFL and while they have not proven they can compete in the SEC yet, I think they will be able to do so down the line," Cornelius said. "They certainly don't have the facilities that Arkansas does, but they are working on getting theirs up to that point. They also have very good coaches that I feel comfortable with just like the ones at Arkansas."

Arkansas is also hosting a pair of St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers standouts this weekend with offensive lineman Brian Wallace and defensive tackle Armon Watts (-5, 275) both taking unofficial visits.

The Razorbacks already have four pledges from Louisiana among its 14 commitments for the 2014 class with Dutchtown Geismar wideouts Torrance Mosley (5-10, 175) and Corey McBride (6-2, 185) on board as well as the Metairie Archbishop Rummel pair of linebacker Dwayne Eugene (6-1, 215) and cornerback Henre' Toliver (6-1, 185).

"Arkansas clearly likes players from Louisiana," Cornelius said. "It's close to Louisiana and guys can see what great facilities and coaches they have and where they are headed in the future."

Evangel is coming off a 12-3 season in which it fell to rival John Curtis 35-13 in the Class 2A state title game, but recently won the 7-on-7 state title.

"We lost some quality guys, but I think we are progressing and coming along and certainly have a chance to win it all this season," Cornelius said. "That's what we expect to do here each season."

Cornelius will announce his decision around 3 p.m. via twitter and then do a few interviews.

"It's not like a big press conference or anything," Cornelius said. "I'll just put it on twitter around 3 and some of the local media is going to be there to interview me. I didn't want it to be a big production or anything. That's not me."

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