Kevin Dominique was surprised by his visit to Arkansas on Friday.
The Plaquemine (La.) three-star running back was shown around campus by Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith.
“It was really good,” Dominique said. “I got to be with Coach Smith the whole time. He showed me around, so that was a real blessing within itself because they have some really nice people here and I really like it.”
During his visit, Smith showed Dominique (6-1, 200) the Jerry and Gene Jones Student-Athlete Success Center, which has been open less than a year.
Dominique, who has a 3.0 GPA and plans to study mass communications with a minor in journalism, came away impressed.
“I’d have to say (the most impressive thing was) the academic center,” Dominique said. “I didn’t really know it was that big and that’s a big thing because school comes before ball.”
Smith and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell also used the visit to instill in him the fact that he should play every day like it was his last. It was a lesson Dominique really appreciated.
“The coaching staff and how nice they are (caught my attention),” Dominique said. “That really took me by surprise because coming here, I didn’t really expect the town to be like this. Then I came here and it took me all by surprise.”
Dominique has offers from FCS schools like Grambling and Jackson State, but several big schools – Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Texas Tech – are showing interest.
An offer from the Hogs would be particularly special to Dominique because of their rivalry with his home-state Tigers.
“It would mean the world to me because it’s the SEC and they play LSU,” Dominique said.