Arkansas Leaves Lasting Impression on Boateng

Arkansas has elevated its status with Arlington, Texas, Lamar wide receiver Kofi Boateng (6-1, 180, 4.5) after his visit to check out the Razorbacks earlier this week.

After what he described as a great visit to Arkansas, Arlington, Texas, Lamar wide receiver Kofi Boateng (6-1, 180) now has two co-leaders among his 28 offers.

That would be the Razorbacks and Ole Miss.

“I had a great visit to Arkansas who has great facilities and great coaches and great academic support,” Boateng said. “It’s not the biggest campus, but it is one that is really nice and I felt very comfortable being on. The football team and coaches are clearly close together.

“I had narrowed my list to 10 schools and Ole Miss was my leader, but Arkansas and Ole Miss are my two leaders now after this visit.

“I am just trying to get around to see those that are close right now. I’ll take another visit to Ole Miss in July and maybe a couple more and then make a decision before the season or in the middle of it.

Boateng, who had 66 catches for 1,023 yards and 15 catches last season, said it was made clear how much Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith wanted to land him.

“He’s a great guy, very funny and keeps it real with you, which I want from a coach,” Boateng said. “He made it very clear that he wants to sign me and that he thinks I could be a big factor for them early on in my college career.

“I also had a great time visiting with (running backs coach) Jemal Singleton and (Arkansas head) Coach Bret Bielema. Those guys really know what they are doing and you can really tell.”

He also had a chance to visit with new Razorback offensive coordinator Dan Enos.

“Arkansas is going to open things up with the new offensive coordinator and pass a lot more than the old one,” Boateng said. “That really interests me more than just a running offense.”

His current list of 10 includes Arkansas, Ole Miss, Arizona State, California, Kansas State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.

The Razorbacks have one 2016 wide receiver commit in Smackover star Jordan Jones (6-1, 170, 4.3) while Ole Miss has three already.

“Ole Miss’ coaches thinks I could come in and play early as well,” Boateng said. “I have not visited there yet, but I’ll get down there soon and check them out."

Boateng believes that the mental part of his game is one of his strengths.

“I feel good about how I can decipher what a cornerback or safety is trying to do to keep me from getting open,” Boateng said. “I study their tendencies and then take advantage of that out there on the football field.

“The thing I have worked most on this off-season is my body control. Instead of just going up and catching the football, I am working on being able to come down balanced and being ready to get yards after the catch.”

Boateng is one of four elite Division I prospects at Arlington Lamar this season along with Alabama offensive lineman commit Chris Owens (6-3, 312), Texas quarterback commit Shane Buechele (6-2, 185) and Oklahoma State cornerback Madre Harper, who visited Arkansas on Saturday.

The Vikings were 8-3 last season and lost in the playoffs in the first round of 6A Division II, Texas’ second largest classification.

“We feel like we are going to have a great team this season, but it will have to be more than us four and just having a great offense and a great cornerback.

“We have to all get on the same page, work hard and play together. I think that will happen and we have a great shot to have a championship team.”

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