Arkansas not only won a football game on Saturday afternoon but also won a big recruiting battle later that night.
Fresh off watching the Razorbacks toppled UT Martin 63-28, Manvel, Texas, linebacker Jordan Carmouche (6-2, 230) announced his commitment to the Razorbacks Saturday night via twitter while on his official visit to Arkansas this weekend.
Carmouche, the Razorbacks' 15th commit of the 2016 recruiting class, chose Arkansas over Oklahoma and Stanford, his other two finalists, and also had offers from LSU, Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech among his 22 offers.
“I just feel like I could play early, they need linebackers and I felt that I could come in and help contribute early in the SEC,” Carmouche said. “I love the coaches and it feels like home.
He hung out with fellow Houston area products and current Razorbacks on his official visit, including Manvel’s Taiwan Johnson, Spring’s Willie Sykes and Houston Bellaire’s Denzel Evans.
Carmouche came into the weekend with a plan to commit to Arkansas if things went well.
“I came into the weekend thinking about it, but I was just seeing if it felt like home to me, being down here with the players and seeing if I connected with them and I did,” Carmouche said. “I just felt like it was time to make it official.”
He actually had planned to commit on the same day that Hope four-star defensive end McTelvin Agim (6-3, 270) pledged to the Razorbacks back on Sept. 12.
“That’s my boy,” Carmouche said. “We are real close and we talk almost every day. That was the plan. We were suppose to commit on the same day when he had that function.
“But I wanted to do it at a more special time and make sure that it was the right decision. So I wanted to wait until my official visit to wait and commit. But the original plan was to commit the same day.”
Carmouche has 44 tackles this season while playing in eight games, but that is a bit misleading because Manvel starters have rarely played in the second half during their 8-1 season so far.
“I feel like my strengths that I can play the run good, I can play the pass good,” Carmouche said. “One thing I need to work on is using my hands more to get off blockers.”
Carmouche's teammate, tailback and Ole Miss commit D'Vaughn Pennamon, also officially visited Arkansas this weekend.
“I think he likes it,” Carmouche said. “Who wouldn’t like running the ball 40 times a game?”
He sees a bright future for Arkansas, especially with the commits of Agim, defensive tackles Austin Capps of Star City and Briston Guidry of Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel, Florida prep cornerback Deon Edwards and fellow linebackers Alexy Jean-Baptiste of Pompano Beach, Fla., Coconut Beach and D’Jon Harris of Marrero, La., John Ehret.
“It seems like a program on the rise and I think my class can come in and do a bunch of great things,” Carmouche said. “We have a whole bunch of great players on defense, too, just to help build around. The sky is the limit.”