Dwayne Eugene will make the trip from Metairie, Lousiana to Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday with taking care of business on his mind.
Eugene (6-3, 227), who had 241 tackles and eight interceptions during his high school career, teammed with Razorback cornerback signee Henre' Toliver to lead Archbishop Rummel to a Division I state title.
He is one of sevaral 2014 Razorback signees expected to arrive on the Arkansas campus this weekend.
"I'm excited about getting up to Fayetteville and getting things started," Eugune said. "I am coming up Saturday. I think a lot of guys are coming up this weekend from our class."
Eugene is being looked at as someone who could possibly see snaps as a true freshman on this year's defense.
"They are telling me I am going to play their hybrid spot – whioch is part outside linebacker and part strong safety," Eugene said. "I think that is going to be a great spot for me because I love to come up and hit, but I also love to be out there in coverage as well.
"I know (former Arkansas defensive coordinator) Coach (Chris) Ash definitely thought I was going to be able to play some this next season and I am hoping that I can prove to the new defensive coordinator (Robb Smith) that I am ready to do that," Eugene added. "I am coming up there to take care of business right away. I want to play and help out right away."
Eugene and Toliver are part of three Louisiana signees that Arkansas landed in the 2014 class along with Shreveport Evangel wide receiver Jared Cornelius, an early enrollee who was able to go through spring practice with the Razorbacks earlier this year.
They led the Raiders (10-3) to a second straight state title, both happening at the Superdome in New Orleans, and the first happening in a 16-0 season.
Toliver had 10 interceptions during his high school career, including one in each of the last three state playoff wins last season.
Eugene had 94 tackles and three interceptions as a junior as a safety and then moved up to play linebacker his senior season while recording 73 staps, 3 interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
"I really enjoyed moving up to play linebacker my last season and I think it really fits my mentality," Eugene said. "I love contact and love to make plays and you get to do that a lot when you are closer to the line."
Eugune played his senior season at 215, but is now up to 227.
"I've added a little over 10 pounds after getting the workout book that they sent us and trying to hit it hard," Eugene said. "I'm sure I'll add some more after I get up there and I'll be physically ready to play next season."
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