Cornelius Expecting To Help Early

Arkansas had a need for a speed threat in its receiving corps and got one at semester when Jared Cornelius (6-2, 190, 4.4) enrolled early with plans to make an impact right away.

It didn't take Arkansas' four early enrollees to bond very quickly and each feels like they have the opportunity to make a difference next season on the field for head coach Bret Bielema and his Razorbacks.

That quartet is Boliver, Mo., quarterback Rafe Peavey (6-2, 212), cornerback Chris Murphy (5-10, 180) and wideouts Cody Hollister (6-4, 205) of Arizona Western and Jared Cornelius (6-2, 190) of Shreveport, La., Evangel Christian.

"We are going to be champions, we are going to win some games," Cornelius said of the 2014 signee class. "That is the only reason that I came here. Coach B has a history of guys that believe and believe and want to win. I think that we all have that."

All four of the young men are going through off-season conditioning with the team and will get the benefit of going through spring practice even before they play their first college game.

"I want to be the best player that I can be so why wouldn't I come in here and get here the first semester to get all the work," Cornelius said. "That will make it seem like I have been here a couple of years. When you want to do something, you are going to do everything you can to achieve that. I really believe that."

Cornelius committed to Arkansas back in the summer and held true to that pledge until he took a surprise visit to TCU and committed to the Horned Frogs in early December.

"I had always wanted to go to TCU when I was a kid and I guess they offered late and it was one of those spur of the moment I had always wanted to go there deals," Cornelius said. "When I went to visit, I guess I just jumped the gun a little bit. Rafe and Coach B brought me back down to reality really quick."

Cornelius called Peavey while he was in a movie and the pair talked for 30 minutes.

"He was like 'what the heck are you doing?'" Cornelius related. "Which is what you want. I love Rafe, man. He brought me back."

Cornelius gives Arkansas a speedy and productive wide receiver with speed that has caught 161 passes for 2,274 yards and 34 touchdowns in his last high school seasons.

"I am trying to be the best I can be and this extra semester will give me the edge I need to be successful," Cornelius said. "I believe that I have the hands, the speed and run good routes and will be able to make an impact right away."

Photos by Andy Shupe

Jared Cornelius is interviewed as Arkansas' signing day press conference.

Arkansas' four early enrollees (l-r) Jared Cornelius, Chris Murphy, Rafe Peavey and Cody Hollister - joke around at Wednesday's press confernce.

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