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JUCO Cornerback Delrick Abrams Jr. talks Arkansas Razorbacks, recruiting

Delrick Abrams Jr. is one of the top junior college cornerbacks in the nation.

INDEPENDENCE, Kan.-- Few cornerbacks are as tall as Delrick Abrams Jr. at Independence (Kan.) Community College. Abrams and his Blue teammates (Defense) defeated the White squad (Offense) 28-26 on Friday night in the team's annual spring game.

Following the game, Abrams talked about how he uses his height to his advantage particularly against taller wide receivers.

"I use it a lot to my advantage," Abrams said. "I can press receivers. It's all about length so I can press and jam off and use my speed. If I do get beat I can still recover cause I am so long."

How tall are you?

"I am 6-3 1/2, almost 6-4," Abrams said. 
This was your final practice in the spring, how do you feel like the practices went for you?

"I think I learned my technique, my plays better," Abrams said. "I can make better plays on the field. Going against good receivers every day has made it competitive. I had to work my hardest and I feel like this is my best spring."

How good is your teammate, Emmit Gooden, at rushing the passer?

"Emmit, he is always doing it so not a big shocker," Abrams said.

Abrams finished his freshman season with 30 tackles, three tackles for loss, three pass breakups and three interceptions. With you, Gooden and several other standouts how good can this defense be?

"It can be ranked No. 1 really," Abrams said.

Arkansas is one of the schools that has offered you. What are your thoughts about the Razorbacks?

"I'm really interested in them," Abrams said. "It's a great school. Me and the coach are talking. He wasn't talking football, he was talking education wise. What will be there for me after football and he wanted me handle that."

Paul Rhoads and John Scott Jr. made the trip to see Abrams and Gooden. Both are midterm graduates. At Arkansas, he would play for Rhoads in the secondary.

What are you looking for in a college?

"A good education, good football program and great fans and great people to push me to be really better than I can be," Abrams said. "No letting me be average. I want to have great people around me in college."

Gooden visited Arkansas last weekend and is trying to get back to Fayetteville next weekend as well. Abrams talked about when he will make the trip to Arkansas for an unofficial visit.

"Hopefully I go at the end of this month in May," Abrams said. "I haven't been on any visits yet because I haven't been to school here for a whole year. I'm waiting until the end of this semester."

Abrams talked about his high school days before landing at Independence.

"I came from a very small high school Varnado (La.)," Abrams said. "It's a 1-A school. We had 50 people graduating so it's a real small school."

The OK Take: It's one thing to be tall, but it's another to know how to use that to your advantage. That is why Abrams has so many impressive offers. He is virtually 6-4 and can play press. He has long arms so he can recover off the line of scrimmage even if he temporarily gets beat. He has good closing speed, long arms and great length which makes him a rare physical specimen in that regard. He will add some weight when he gets on a major college weight program. Very impressed with awareness and very good character.


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