Higdon Still Planning Visit to Arkansas

Riverview (Sarasota, Fla.) High's Karan Higdon had planned to visit Fayetteville last weekend, but wasn't able to. Despite being verbally committed to South Florida, the three-star running back still plans to take a look at Arkansas with an official visit during the season.

Karan Higdon was not able to visit Arkansas last weekend, but said he plans on still coming up to Fayetteville at some point during the season.

The three-star running back is verbally committed to South Florida, but is still looking at Arkansas, as well as Kentucky and Iowa.

“I’m trying to set up an official visit,” Higdon said. “I just sent my coach my schedule and we’re trying to find a good game to come up for.”

Running backs coach Joel Thomas has been Higdon’s main recruiter and who keeps in touch with him.

“Coach Thomas is a real cool, smooth guy,” Higdon said. “He knows his stuff and is educated when it comes to football.”

The fact that Thomas, as well as head coach Bret Bielema and the rest of the offensive coaching staff, have a history of producing good running backs is one of the Razorbacks’ biggest draws.

He sees the trio of Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams and Korliss Marshall as a continuation of that.

“Overall, as a whole staff, they’re known for having a good running back,” Higdon said. “They’re doing the same thing at Arkansas.”

Arkansas’ history of producing great running backs, which led to ESPN naming it “Running Back U,” is also a draw for Higdon.

“The fact that they are known for running backs,” Higdon said of why he wants to visit Fayetteville. “If (being named ‘Running Back U’) doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.”

Higdon said that Arkansas was supposed to be his first visit of the summer, as he has been playing on a national 7-on-7 team that included four-star wide receiver George Campbell, the No. 8 receiver in the country that has an offer from Arkansas and at least 25 other schools.

“I’ve basically been laying low,” Higdon said. “I played on a national 7-on-7 team with George Campbell and several other top recruits, so I got to see myself against other players at a high level.”

Despite missing three games with an injury as a junior, Higdon still managed to gain 987 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 185 carries for Riverview High in Sarasota, Fla.

While he is still committed to South Florida, Higdon said he is keeping an open mind.

“I’m just seeking out different options,” Higdon said. “If I see something I like more, I might open it back up.”

If Higdon flipped to Arkansas, he would be the Razorbacks’ first 2015 commitment from Florida after signing five in the 2014 class and four in the 2013 class.

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