Love Connects With Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE --North Little Rock defensive back Jamar Love committed to Arkansas coaches on Wednesday afternoon, after strongly considering South Carolina.

"I just decided I wanted to stay at home and play in front of the home folks," Love said.

"Coach Bobby Allen came by Tuesday for an in-home visit and everything just seemed right."

Love had recently narrowed his list of potential suitors down to Arkansas and South Carolina.

He was scheduled to head to Columbia this weekend for his first official visit, but has since canceled his trip.

"I'm not going to take it, the only visit I'm going to take is to Arkansas next weekend," Love said.

"It feels good to know that I'll get the chance to represent my home state and play for Arkansas. Coach (Houston) Nutt believes in giving freshmen the opportunity to contribute early, if they're ready."

Love (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) runs the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds.

He recorded 45 tackles on defense, while accounting for 5 touchdowns on offense, 3 receiving and 2 rushing for the Charging Wildcats.

"The Arkansas coaches did a good job of making me feel wanted," Love said.

He's already academically qualified with his 2.6 grade-point average and 20 on his ACT.

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

UA Withdraws Offer To Shelley
The Razorbacks have withdrawn their scholarship offer to Fort Smith Southside wide receiver Slick Shelley.

The 6-foot-4 Shelley, who was being courted by several SEC schools including South Carolina, LSU, Tennessee and Arkansas, has narrowed his choices to LSU or Tennessee, according to a report in the Times Record in Fort Smith.

"It's a little disappointing because I was looking at (Arkansas), but they said they're after too many people," Shelley said. "It's (the recruiting grind) starting to get hard. I'm ready to make a decision and get it over with and move on."

South Carolina has also withdrawn its scholarship offer to Shelley, who is expected to visit LSU this weekend and has another visit scheduled for Tennessee.

DUDLEY E. DAWSON OF HAWGS ILLUSTRATED ALSO CONTRIBUTED THIS STORY. FOR MORE ON ARKANSAS RECRUITING, VISIT WWW.HAWGSILLUSTRATED.COM

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