3-star LB Giovanni LaFrance Plans to Visit Arkansas

Arkansas offered St. Augustine (New Orleans) High three-star linebacker Giovanni LaFrance on Tuesday.

Arkansas' coaching staff is continuing its effort to improve one of the Razorbacks' weakest areas.

St. Augustine (New Orleans) High three-star linebacker Giovanni LaFrance could help cure Arkansas' linebacker depth that plagued the Razorbacks in 2015.

LaFrance, who originally committed to Tulane, picked up an offer from Arkansas on Tuesday, when he was visited by head coach Bret Bielema, linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves and wide receivers coach Michael Smith.

"They came to my school," LaFrance said. "It was my second time meeting them and I've talked to them on the phone, too."

It was LaFrance's first offer from an SEC school, but he also has offers from Arizona State, Cal, Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Utah, among others.

"It's been kind of stressful with all these schools offering me," LaFrance said. "It's a blessing, though."

The Arkansas offer also forced him to change up his plans. He was going to take an official visit to Utah this weekend, after postponing it to visit Tulane last weekend, but that isn't the case any more.

"I'm going to go to Arkansas this weekend and go to Louisville next week," LaFrance said.

Those schools, along with Memphis, are his leaders, but he said that if the trip to Fayetteville goes well, he might commit to the Razorbacks, where his good friend De'jon Harris - a three-star linebacker from Marrero (La.) John Ehret High - is already committed to play.

LaFrance said one of the appeals to Arkansas is the opportunity for early playing time because of the aforementioned depth issues at linebacker.


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