In-State Recruit Could Be Leaving

FAYETTEVILLE -- North Little Rock's Jamar Love visits South Carolina the weekend of Jan. 21, one week before heading to Arkansas for his final official visit.

As it stands, Love is liking what he's hearing from South Carolina and recently hired running backs coach Madre Hill, a former Razorback player and graduate assistant.

"It's a two team race, both schools have something to offer," Love said. "I'll have to decide what's best for me in the end, but I would say South Carolina holds a slight edge over Arkansas."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder runs the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. Love has received a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks, but not from South Carolina, which could change next weekend when he heads to Columbia, S.C. for an official visit.

"Arkansas has already offered me, South Carolina hasn't yet," Love said. "If they offer me on my visit, then I may go ahead and commit."

Should he follow through, Love would become the first Arkansas prospect to sign a football scholarship with the Gamecocks since the Hogs joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992.

"Coach Hill was on the phone with me as soon as he was hired, the next day he was here visiting with me," Love said. "That impressed me. I'm looking for the opportunity to play early and South Carolina coaches are telling me that I could play on either side of the ball."

Even if he commits to the Gamecocks, Love sounds like he'll still visit Arkansas.

"I'll know the right school for me after my visits," Love said. "I'm comfortable with the Arkansas coaches and I know if I choose Arkansas, I'm going to play early also."

"I've had the chance to sit down and talk with coach Houston Nutt and he told me how everything would be up there for me."

Love said Danny Nutt and Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring were expected to visit him on Wednesday.

Last fall, Love lined up at running back and receiver while playing numerous positions in the Charging Wildcats secondary. He had 5 touchdowns (3 receiving, 2 rushing) with 45 tackles on defense. He sports a 2.6 GPA and has scored a 20 on his ACT.

"The recruiting process has been fun, in the beginning it was kind of slow, but now it's really picked up," Love said. "I'd like to make my decision before national signing day and get it over with.

Love is ranked the No. 7 college prospect in Arkansas by The Morning News.

Hogs Duke It Out For Georgia OL
Atlanta (Ga.) Washington offensive lineman George "Big Duke" Robinson has narrowed his list of potential suitors down to six after receiving more than 40 scholarship offers.

Robinson officially visited Georgia and Oklahoma already and plans trips to Mississippi State (Jan. 14) and Arkansas (Jan. 21) before making a decision.

" Arkansas could be the last school I visit, I'm not for sure just yet," Robinson said. "I'm favoring Georgia and Oklahoma, because I've already taken official visits to both of those schools, but Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State are very much still in the mix.

"I'll know more after I finish taking my visits."

Robinson (6-6, 325, 4.98) is being recruited by Arkansas assistant coach Tracy Rocker, who visited Robinson at his school last Friday.

"(Rocker) came by to check on me," Robinson said. "He's real good friends with one of my high school coaches (Rodney Cofield) and we've been able to build a pretty good relationship."

Robinson was recently named to the Class AAAA All-state first-team and nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American game this weekend. He said things "didn't work out" for him to play in the game in San Antonio, Texas, and plans to focus on his recruiting instead.

"I'm pretty much all about business," Robinson said. "Georgia's home, but if I decide to leave home, it won't bother me so distance is not a big deal.

"But I would like to stay fairly close to home and play in the (Southeastern Conference)."

BRETT BRADLEY COVERS RECRUITING FOR THE MORNING NEWS. HIS COLUMNS APPEAR ON FRIDAYS.

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