Floyd Looking Forward to Arkansas Camp

Coming to Fayetteville with two offers, Hot Springs (Ark.) High athlete Cleo Floyd is hoping to add one from Arkansas this weekend.

Coming to Fayetteville with two offers, Cleo Floyd is hoping to add another this weekend.

The Hot Springs (Ark.) High athlete will attend Arkansas’ one-day camp Saturday and hopefully do enough to add the Razorbacks to his list of offers, which currently includes Arkansas State and Memphis.

“He’s really excited about it,” said Jeffrey Corder, Floyd’s AAU basketball coach. “He’s originally from Louisiana, so he’s a die-hard LSU fan, but at the same time, he’s real excited about the opportunity.”

Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. came to Hot Springs to watch the Trojans’ spring game and talk to Floyd a couple weeks ago.

“He was telling me he liked what he saw,” Floyd said. “He said to stay focused on school, also.”

Floyd said this weekend will be his first time to visit Fayetteville and he is looking forward to seeing the campus and town.

With the Trojans in Hot Springs, Floyd plays running back in a wing-T offense, as well as safety on defense.

However, he started out as a wide receiver in the offense, with the primary duty of blocking.

“You could tell at safety, he had it in him,” Corder said. “Last year, they decided to get him the ball somehow.”

The decision paid off, as Floyd rushed for 2,060 yards and 29 touchdowns. The run-heavy offense helped him rack up those yards, but he was also gaining 10.2 yards per carry.

On defense, he made 116 tackles and intercepted seven passes.

“It was a lot of fun running the ball a lot,” Floyd said. “I had the ball in my hands a lot. I like tackling people, but I don’t know if I like it as much as running the ball.”

When he does run the ball, Corder said Floyd has deceptive speed.

“When you first look at him, you think he’s not very fast,” Corder said. “But once he gets past the line of scrimmage, there aren’t many people that can chase him down.”

Corder, who has been Floyd’s AAU basketball coach since his 10th grade year, said you can see that same athleticism on the basketball court.

“He’ll tell you he’s 6-5, but I’d say he’s 6-1, maybe 6-2 with shoes,” Corder said. “That said, he led his high school team in rebounding. He always leads us in rebounding in summer ball.

“He’s so fast and never gets tired. He never asks for a break. I’ve been doing this for a long time and he’s a rare breed, as far as hustling all the time.”

While Floyd said he thinks Memphis is recruiting him as a running back and he’s unsure on how Arkansas State sees him, Corder has told him to keep his options open.

“The way he talked to me, they want him to play defense,” Corder said. “He’s thinking he’ll play defense, but I told him that’s not necessarily the case.

“You tell him to do whatever, he’ll do it. He’s not hung up on it. He just wants to play football.”



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