Even when a football program with 11 consensus national championships and legitimate claims to eight others knocks, Jared Cornelius continues to stick with his commitment to Arkansas.
Cornelius, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver for Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy, has begun getting looks from Notre Dame. But he just shrugged it off, putting it on par with the other dozen or more schools that he has interest from and is not planning to attend.
"Notre Dame is a great school," Cornelius said. "Especially education-wise and they have a great football program as well. But I wouldn't say that I am even considering Notre Dame right now. I'm committed."
Cornelius is set to take his official visit to Arkansas this weekend Dec. 6-8.
Arkansas is losing two senior wide receivers, Javontee Herndon and Julian Horton, from the 2013 team, so the Razorbacks will have playing time up for grabs. Cornelius said he hopes to get on the field for Arkansas immediately.
"I'm looking forward to stepping in and being an impact player, a guy to count on," he said. "I want to play quick and be able to help change the direction of the program."
Cornelius will enroll at Arkansas in January and go through spring practices with team.
Additionally, he is scheduled to sign his financial aid agreement with Arkansas on Dec. 15. He said he may move that up to Thursday when Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and wide receivers coach Michael Smith visit his school, but it is not "set in stone."
"I think it gives me closure," Cornelius said of signing the financial aid agreement. "It will get me away from all of the coaches calling.
"I mean, I loved this process and hearing from coaches initially, but now that I am committed, it get sort of annoying sometimes. So I'm looking forward to having some time off from it and being able to relax and not worry about it anymore."
Arkansas will have another difficult schedule next season, including a season-opening road trip to defending SEC West champion Auburn. Cornelius is looking forward to the challenge of turning the program around, however.
"I believe in Coach B and I believe in the program and the direction it is heading in for the future," he said. "When I was talking to him on my first visit to Arkansas, he was so genuine and you could tell that he is the kind of man that is going to get done what he wants to get done. I do believe he is going to get it done and turn Arkansas into a powerhouse.
"I think this year coming up is going to be great. We have a great line of recruits and I think this year is going to be the year that Arkansas makes its stand as a powerhouse in the SEC. I'm confident in the recruits we have coming and I'm looking forward to this next season."
If the Razorbacks open the season with a victory against Gus Malzahn's Tigers, they'll be on track to make that stand. Cornelius said those type of games are the ones he lives for.
Playing at Evangel, we play a lot of games on TV and a lot of games against nationally ranked teams and teams that we aren't supposed to beat," Cornelius said. "And our coaches always tell us ‘this is your game. Show everyone what you got. This can be a breakout game.' I feel like that's what that game is going to be for us and I'm looking forward to it."
Cornelius continues confirming
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