A promising football prospect that has already committed to Arkansas will take his first step in Fayetteville on Thursday and he is bringing several other prospects along.
Pompano Beach, Fla., Coconut Creek three-star linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste (6-3, 205), who committed to the Razorbacks on June 16, is excited about finally getting a chance to visit Arkansas.
“I am looking forward to getting up there and being around the coaches and seeing what all the place where I am going to go to college looks like,” Jean-Baptiste said. “It’s very exciting.”
Jean-Baptiste, whose team opens its season Aug. 29 at Atlanta, Ga., Marist, will be accompanied by several other prospects from the Pompono Beach area.
Those prospects include the Coconut Creek pair of tailback James Charles and Destra Benoit, cornerback Richard Morris of Blanche Ely and Wisconsin linebacker pledge Dallas Jeantry of Ft. Lauderdale.
“I am trying to get Dallas Jeantry to come play Arkansas,” Jean-Baptiste said. “We have always talked about wanting to play together in college.”
The group left Florida on Friday morning.
“It’s a long drive, but this is the best time for me to get up there and see everything,” Jean-Baptiste said.
Jean-Baptiste chose Arkansas over some 20 other offers, including ones from Miami, Michigan State, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Louisville.
Razorback linebacker coach Vernon Hargreaves and defensive coordinator Robb Smith led the way in landing a commitment from Jean-Baptiste.
“What made my decision was how hard those coaches recruited me and how much love they showed,” Jean-Baptiste said. “It also helps that they have so many Florida players up there.
“They have a great program that is really coming up and it just seems like a great fit for me. I just thought it was time to make a move and I committed.”
Jean-Baptiste, who led his team to an 18-14 spring game win over South Dade, has spent the summer playing 7-on-7 games with his team and also working out on his own.
Just made a big Move ?????? pic.twitter.com/ICjsOls8QL— Alexy Jean-Baptiste (@Alexy_badger) June 16, 2015
“I am doing my best to come into practice in the best possible shape so I am been putting in a lot of work,” Jean-Baptiste said. “I have been in the weight room trying to get stronger and put on some more weight.
“I feel like it is really paying off for me.”
Jean-Baptiste is ranked as a safety but Scout.com, but has the frame to grow into a safety.
“The position I actually play right now is rover, but I know as a I get bigger I will be a linebacker,” Jean-Baptiste said. “I just like to get out there and hit no matter where I play at on the field.”
Jean-Baptiste feels really good about his tackling ability, but wants to get better with his coverage skills.
“That is the number one thing I am working on – just being to better cover any player that I get matched up with out their on the field,” Jean-Baptiste said. “I know I can make the plays in the run game.”