It appears that the hiring of new Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has been a hit with San Bernardino, Calif., Valley College offensive lineman Paul Ramirez.
Ramirez (6-7, 295), a junior college All-American, is one of six prospects the Razorbacks are set to host on official visits this weekend.
He has now had the opportunity to visit twice with the former Buffalo Bills offensive line coach after meeting with him again on Wednesday night.
“I am really impressed with him and it is clear to me that he is a great coach and a man of great character,” Ramirez said Wednesday night.
“He has been in the NFL so he knows exactly what it takes to make it to the league and that is something that is very important to me.
“I know that being coached by him would give me a great opportunity to develop and get to where I need to be.”
Ramirez, who has some 15 offers, has already visited Louisville, Indiana, Purdue and New Mexico.
He has it down to a final three of Arkansas, Louisville and Indiana.
“One of the big things about Arkansas is that it is in the SEC and that’s a powerhouse league,” Ramirez said. “Arkansas has a great program and I am excited about getting there to check it out.”
Ramirez has a few factors that will go into helping him make his decision.
“The first thing is how my degree will translate to success not only in the state I am in, but outside of the state,” Ramirez said. “The second is the football itself and how successful a program can be and has a chance to be.
“There’s also just being comfortable with the coaches, the players and the school for the next two years and what is the best fit for me.”
Ramirez believes he brings a well-rounded game.
“I think I am good in both the run and pass game because I am very athletic for my size and I have a lot of experience in doing both,” Ramirez said
As a junior college player with just two years of college left, Ramirez knows the opportunity to be a starter is huge.
“That’s one thing that Arkansas has made clear,” Ramirez said. “They are looking for a guy to come in and start. They are looking for someone to come in and run with the big boys.”