Cornelius signs with Arkansas

Despite a recent flip in his commitment to TCU, Jared Cornelius decided to sign with Arkansas.

Less than a week ago, Jared Cornelius changed his commitment from Arkansas to TCU, but he ended up signing with the Razorbacks Wednesday.

Cornelius, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Shreveport, La., signed his Institutional Financial Aid agreement with Arkansas, Bret Bielema announced Wednesday. Cornelius credited the Razorbacks' head coach and his future roommate, quarterback Rafe Peavey, for his flip back to Arkansas.

"I talked to Coach B last night and Rafe Peavey and they talked to me about the offense and that they thought they would be throwing it more this year. And they told me I had a chance to make an impact on the program early. So that was exciting to hear."

Cornelius is on schedule to graduate in December and will enroll in January, allowing him to go through spring practices with the Razorbacks.

"I'm looking forward to stepping in and being an impact player, a guy to count on," Cornelius said. "I want to play quick and be able to help change the direction of the program."

Cornelius could sign financial aid agreements with multiple schools, but whichever school that Cornelius enrolls at must give him a scholarship.

Cornelius said this is the only one he plans on signing, however, and that it should officially end the recruiting process for him.

"I think it gives me closure," he said. "It will get me away from all of the coaches calling. I mean, I loved this process and hearing from coaches initially, but it could get sort of annoying sometimes. So I'm tired of the recruiting process. I'm looking forward to having some time off from it and being able to relax and not worry about it anymore."

Cornelius joins Peavey and cornerback Chris Murphy as freshmen that are enrolling in January.

"Jared has developed a winning attitude through his family and program he excelled in at Evangel Christian," Bielema said. "We are excited to get him in our Razorback family and watch his dreams become a reality."

Last year, Cornelius recorded 71 receptions for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns. Evangel Christian Academy went 12-3 his junior season, in which he caught 90 passes for 1,585 yards and 18 touchdowns.

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