Eugene confident in Arkansas coaches

Dwayne Eugene has no reluctance calling Arkansas "we," despite the team's struggles.

When Santos Ramirez committed to Arkansas Monday, he said the Razorbacks' coaching staff treated him like family.

Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel defensive back Dwayne Eugene echoed Ramirez. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Arkansas commit said Razorbacks wide receivers coach Michael Smith, who also recruited Ramirez, was key in his recruitment and has maintained a close relationship with him.

"Man, coach Mike is really cool," Eugene said. "We talk pretty often. When he was at Kansas State, he was also recruiting me and then we kept contact when he went to Arkansas. He's just like a second dad. He's a good guy and a good coach."

Although the Arkansas football team has not won a game since its 24-3 win over Southern Miss in the third week of the season, Eugene, who sees himself playing a safety/linebacker hybrid role at Arkansas, said his commitment has not wavered from the Razorbacks.

"Right now we (the Razorbacks) are struggling, but nothing is different for me," he said. "I believe Coach (Bret Bielema) and his staff just needs a little time. I think when he gets enough time, we'll be pretty good.

"The coaching staff is tremendous," he added. "Coach Randy Shannon, he has coached terrific players. Coach B has a winning record. We have a great coaching staff and that's what it takes to make big things happen."

Eugene said he is excited to play in the Southeastern Conference and is looking forward to "grinding" in order to better himself and earn playing time. With that said, he has one more goal before leaving Archbishop Rummel (7-3, 4-1).

"I think the regular season was good, but there is always room for improvement," he said. "I got off to kind of a slow start, but it was a difference from this team and last year's state championship team. There was a slight difference from team-to-team, but everything is good.

"We have a very good team and I believe we will win state again."

The Raiders have a week off before beginning the playoffs. Eugene's fellow Archbishop Rummel defensive back and cousin, Henre' Toliver, is also committed to the Razorbacks.

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