For the second straight time season, Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel cornerback Henre' Toliver (6-1, 180) walked off the field at the Superdome on New Orleans as a state champion.
Now he is ready to bring that same winning mentality to Arkansas as one of three current Razorback secondary commits along with Marietta, Ga., Lassiter cornerback Chris Murphy (5-10, 180) and Shreveport, La., Evangel corner/safety Santos Ramirez (6-2, 188).
"The fans are crazy and it is here for socially, athletically and academically," said Toliver, who had 10 interceptions in his high school career.
Toliver and Rummel linebacker and fellow Razorback commit Dwayne Eugene (6-2, 220) both took their official visits to Arkansas a day after their team downed Shreveport Byrd Thursday night before nearly 20,000 fans in the Division I state title game.
The Raiders, who had won the Class 5A state title the previous year for the school's first state championship in its 49-year history, rallied from a 19-10 halftime deficit for the win.
"It's just a great feeling walking off the field with a state title again," Toliver said. "We put in a lot of hard work and it has paid off the past two seasons."
Toliver, who picked off a pass in last season's state championship over Barbe, had saved both of his team's previous games with last minute interceptions.
"I had a very good year and just tried to get better all the time," Toliver said. "I just tried to make plays. I hoping I get the chance to do that next season at Arkansas. That is my goal."
Toliver committed to Arkansas back in July – choosing the Razorbacks over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Kansas State and Louisville and Georgia Tech.
""Henre' has very good skills,'' Rummel head coach Jay Roth told the Times-Picayune. "Every (college) coach who came through during the spring said how Henre' had such very good skills to be a cornerback. He picks things up quickly. He's a good cover corner. He's what (college coaches) call a long corner because he's tall and rangy. And he's very humble.''
He certainly was excited about his trip to the Catfish Hole restaurant with the other recruits this weekend.
"It was crazy walking into the Catfish Hole," Toliver said. "It was like a parade. Everybody knew your name. It was crazy, everybody Calling the Hogs. I was kinda shy at first, but then I thought I can do this."
Toliver was actually pleased to see the snow in Fayetteville – a beautiful sight he doesn't get to see that often.
"It was my first time seeing snow like that because we don't get snow down in New Orleans," Toliver said. "If we do get snow, it is like muddy snow and not that pretty. It was very cold up here, but I enjoyed it all."
Toliver Stays Razorback Strong
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