Florida prep linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed was one of the numerous prep prospects from the Sunshine State watching on television when the Gators downed Arkansas 30-10 Saturday night in Gainesville.
But unlike most of them, Rhaheed (6-4. 215) of Fort Pirece Central was more interested in the Razorbacks – who hosted him for an official visit back on Aug.30-Sept. 1.
"I thought they had a great first quarter and were still right there in it right before halftime," Rhaheed said. "It got away from them the second half, but I was really proud they didn't give up. I thought they really competed the whole way. They have a bright future and I think I can help them."
Rhaheed, who has a official visit set to Oregon on Oct. 26-28 and also has plans to visit Louisville and Tennessee, has stayed in touch with the Razorback staff since he left Fayetteville.
He is especially fond of head coach Bret Bielema and linebackers coach Randy Shannon.
"I have a great relationship with the coaches at Arkansas," Rhaheed said. "Coach B really knows what he is doing in trying to build the program and Coach Shannon is just a great coach and a great person.
"I really believe if I end up at Arkansas, they will take care of me both on and off the field," Rhaheed said. "That's a great feeling and why they are at the top of my list now."
Arkansas is also highly interested in Rhaheed's teammate - defensive end Rashawn Sims (6-3, 230), who is currently a Louisville commit.
"He is very interested in Arkansas, too, and wanted to come on my visit with me, but his mom couldn't get it to where she should come with him on such short notice," Rhaheed said. "He is still planning on visiting Arkansas."
Fort Pierce Central moved to 4-0 on Friday with a 27-21 win over Vero Beach with Shaw having five sacks among his 12 tackles.
The Cobras will try to stay unbeaten this weekend when they face Mandarin.
"It's another rival so we have to be ready to play our best football," Rhaheed said. "I'm hoping to be able to play this week."
It's hoped that Rhaheed will be able to make his first appearance on the field this week after missing the first five games because of an injured wrist.
"I'm hoping that the doctors will clear me to play this week, but if not I know I will ready to play the week after that," Rhaheed said. "I am really excited about getting out there and helping my teammates."
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