Ramirez Plans Arkansas Visit

Arkansas appears to be in good shape to land another Louisiana prospect with Shreveport Evangel defensive back Santos Ramirez (6-2, 180), a teammate of Razorback 2014 pledge Jared Cornelius.

Arkansas has already landed five Louisiana prospects for its 2014 recruiting class and has locked in on another one it would like to add soon.

Shreveport Evangel cornerback/safety Santos Ramirez (6-2, 180), who has six offers, has recently eliminated Texas and is down to just Arkansas and LSU.

"I'm only considering those two schools – Arkansas and LSU now," Ramirez said Monday night. "I want to take official visits to both schools and make a decision during the season. I'm talking to the Arkansas coaches about a date right now."

Razorback assistant coach Michael Smith has already landed Evangel wide receiver Jared Cornelius (6-2, 190), the Dutchtown wideout duo of Torrance Mosley (5-10, 175) and Corey McBride (6-2, 180) and Metairie Rummel pair of linebacker Dwayne Eugene (6-1, 215) and cornerback Henre' Toliver (6-1, 185).

"Coach Smith is really getting it done, isn't he?" Ramirez noted. "It's because he is real and makes you feel like family. The whole staff is made up of coaches that are real with you and have your best interest in mind.

"I think that Arkansas just had a great staff right now and that's why so many Louisiana kids are committing right now," Ramirez added.

Ramirez played at Captain Shreve last season and was named a Class 5A all-state prospect after a campaign in which he had 76 tackles, four interceptions and 10 pass break ups.

"I think the coaches like the fact that I am tall, have good speed and can lock up wide receivers," Ramirez said. "I play a hybrid corner/safety spot here at Evangel, but colleges see me as a big corner."

Ramirez, Cornelius and Evangel defensive end Chris Bradley (6-2, 250) all came to Arkansas' camp on July 19.

"All three of us want to take our official visit to Arkansas at the same time," Ramirez said. "We'd all love to play together in college. Arkansas has great facilities and I was really happy about getting an offer from them when I was there.

"I had a slight groin injury at that time, but felt like I really brought it and showed my talent while I was in camp there with them," Ramirez added.

Ramirez, who had earlier earned offers from Texas, Memphis, Southern Miss, Air Force and Tulane, then added one from LSU at its camp a few days later.

Her wowed Tigers head coach Les Miles with his coverage ability. "They had some great wide receivers in camp and I had one of my best days ever covering guys," Ramirez said. "Coach Miles let me know after camp that he was offering me and wanted me to be a Tiger."

Ramirez actually committed to LSU on July 23, but that pledge was not made official.

"I went down there with the intention of committing to LSU, but they said they already had four defensive backs that committed and couldn't take it right now."

That's not the case with Arkansas.

"Arkansas coaches have it clear how much they want me to be Razorback and want me to commit as soon as possible," Ramirez said. "I just need to get up there and make the official visit and go from there."





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