But the Pompano Beach, Fla., Coconut Creek standout is so fired up about being a Razorback now that he has made it twice in two weeks.
“I came out here and they showed me a lot of love and made me feel like I was wanted here,” Jean-Baptiste said. “This just felt like the right place for me unlike some other schools did.
“The football facilities are nice and I am trying to bring some of my other players up here as well.”
In fact, Coconut Creek tailback James Charles has been with him on both trips and Wisconsin linebacker commit Dallas Jean made the first trek with him.
“I want them to come with me,” Jean-Baptiste said, “but they don’t have offers yet….They both really like Arkansas.”
Most of the Arkansas coaches were on vacation during his first visit, but all were back when he arrived this Wednesday.
“I got to see the whole campus,” Jean-Baptiste said. “I’ve seen everything that I had not seen. The highlights are the weight room and the way the coach runs the program.”
Jean-Baptiste had over 20 offers and chose Arkansas over Miami, Michigan State, Louisville, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, North Carolina State and many others.
There were some Arkansas fans speculating that Jean-Baptiste’s commitment without a visit would eventually not stick.
“It is going to stick,” Jean-Baptiste said.
“It’s the way I can move and blitz and I fit their system right,” Jean-Baptiste said.
He is aware of former Razorback weak side linebacker Martrell Spaight, who led the SEC in tackles last season and was drafted by the Washington Redskins.
“I feel like I could replace him and play exactly like him or better,” Jean-Baptiste said.
Bielema coached cornerback/safety Penial Jean – Alexy’s cousin and a Florida native – at Wisconsin.
He’s also brought several players from Florida into his programs at Wisconsin and Arkansas.
“I am good friends with (Razorback tailback) Alex Collins’ brother Chris Collins,” Jean-Baptiste said. “He goes to my school. I know some of the (Florida) players at Arkansas, but not all of them.”