This is one of the biggest weeks in Arkansas linebacker pledge Dwayne Eugene's young life and he's planning on making the most of it.
Up first is Thursday night when Eugene (6-3, 215) and fellow Razorback commitment – cornerback Henre' Toliver (6-1, 180) – will lead their Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel squad against Shreveport Byrd in the Division I state title game inside the The Superdome in New Orleans.
He and Toliver will then fly to Fayetteville on Friday for their official visits with the Razorbacks, who are scheduled to some 20-plus prospects in for the Dec. 13-15 weekend.
"It's going to be a big week for both of us," Eugene said. "We are both very excited about both playing for a state championship and playing in the 'Dome. We also looking forward to getting back up there and being around the other guys in our class and some that we want to get to join us."
Archbishop Rummel (9-3) will play Shreveport Byrd Thursday night at 8:30 p.m.in the championship game after downing St. Augustine 31-28 last Saturday night in a game that avenged an earlier loss to the same team.
The Raiders drove for the go-ahead touchdown and then Toliver intercepted a pass in the end zone to save the game – the second time in two weeks he had done so.
"Henre' has been playing great football," Eugene said. "He's made some big plays for us. I had such a sense of relief when he intercepted that pass this last weekend. It was such a close game and we fumbled and gave them a chance, but he made the play at the end."
Eugene and Toliver made it up to see an Arkansas game this season and obviously intently watched the Razorbacks' 3-9 season.
"I know that wasn't the kind of season they wanted to have, but I know it was just because they are rebuilding and getting their players in there," Eugene said. "We have great coaches at Arkansas and they are going to get it turned around quickly. They just need a couple more recruiting classes and we will be competing for the top in the SEC."
Eugene knows that the Razorbacks are in need of linebacking help.
"I am going to do everything I can to come in and try to help out and get some playing time," Eugene said. "The coaches are great and know what they are doing and what to do with the program. We'll get there. I look forward to visiting with the coaches and the other players.
"But first, Henre' and I have a little business to take care of," Eugene added. "We have got to finish this off."
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