Shreveport (La.) Evangel wide reciever Jared Cornelius has joined the Louisiana Gold Rush headed to Fayetteville.
Cornelius (6-2, 190, 4.4) committed to Arkansas over co-finalist Missouri on Friday to become the fifth different Louisiana prep project among the 15 pledges the Razorbacks now have for the 2014 recruiting class.
"In the end, it was all about Arkansas and its facilities and the coaches, who I really love and who really know what they are doing," Cornelius said. "Especially (Razorback) wide receiver Coach Michael Smith, who I really believe is going to help me develop and become all I can be."
Cornelius caught 87 passes for 1,589 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, including a school-record 341 yards in one outing in 2012.
He also had offers from Tennessee, Houston, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and San Diego State.
"I pretty much knew it was Arkansas from the time I was up there for camp in July, but I wanted to go take a look at Missouri and see what they had to compare," Cornelius said. "Missouri has a program that I think is going to be able to compete in the SEC down the line, but I think Arkansas is better prepared to compete right now."
The Razorbacks' other four pledges from Louisiana are Dutchtown Geismar wideouts Torrance Mosley (5-10, 175) and Corey McBride (6-2, 185) as well as the Metairie Archbishop Rummel pair of linebacker Dwayne Eugene (6-1, 215) and cornerback Henre' Toliver (6-1, 180).
"I just feel like we are getting a good group of guys up there and the program is headed up," Cornelius said. "I'm excited to be a part of it."
Arkansas is also hosting a pair of Missouri prospects unofficially this weekend in St. Louis Christian Brothers offensive lineman Brian Wallace (6-6, 295) and defensive lineman Armon Watts (6-5, 275).
Jared Cornelius chose Arkansas over Missouri on Friday.
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