Big Ray is No. 19

Bainbridge (Ga.) High offensive lineman Ray Dominguez (6-5, 265) became the 19th commitment to Arkansas when his pledge became official on Thursday.

Bainbridge (Ga.) offensive lineman Ray Dominguez was the last recruit that made to Fayetteville this weekend and the last one to leave.

Dominguez (6-5, 265) is also the latest one to pledge to be a Razorback, the 19th one to do so in this class and the third offensive linemen to verbal to the Razorbacks.

"I can't wait to block for Darrren McFadden," Dominguez said. "I knew the moment I got to Arkansas and got to see what Arkansas was all about this was the place for me. I couldn't be prouder to be a Razorback. I am really happy about all this."

Dominguez who had a basketball game Friday and didn't fly in until Saturday morning, almost didn't even visit Arkansas.

"I am so glad I came (to Arkansas)," Dominguez said. "They have great fans, great facilities, great coaches. When you got a chance to play in the SEC for a great school like Arkansas against Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Auburn and LSU, you've got to take advantage of it. You can't beat the SEC."

He committed to Southern Miss last weekend after a visit there, but UA assistant coach Chris Vaughn got him to at least take a visit to Fayetteville.

"I was real close to not coming and if he wasn't for Coach Vaughn coming down to the house that next day, I wouldn't have," Dominguez said. "That's how I knew Coach Vaughn really cared about me. Most coaches would have probably gave up. And my mom told me I owed it to myself to at least take the visit."

He left Fayetteville very enthused about Arkansas and decided to wait and make a public announcement of his decision until Thursday so he could talk to both coaches again when they did home visits.

"I am all about doing things the right way and letting people hear from me and not from other people what is going down," said Dominquez, who left Arkansas headed back home on Monday morning.

It was not an easy trek for him though since he played basketball on Friday night, got up at 4 a.m. to drive an hour to the Tallahassee airport and then flew out at 7 a.m.

"And then I got stuck in Orlando for awhile," Dominguez said. "I was beginning to think man this isn't going to be worth it. I was saying to myself that this school better be off the chain for all this. It was."

Ironically to most Arkansas fans, he thought Razorback head coach Houston Nutt was a little too serious and all business before he arrived.

"To tell you the truth, I saw a lot of pictures of Coach Nutt on the internet and he was way too serious looking," Dominquez said. "I said I am not going to be able to play for that dude.

"But I come up here and turns out that is the most real, down to earth dude I ever met in my life," Dominguez added. "He is real cool and got a real great sense of humor. He will joke with you, but he knows when he is time to get serious and time to play."

Dominguez knows that with Arkansas' depth on the offensive line he will be redshirted.

"Since I was in the ninth grade everybody has been saying that I am an offensive lineman with great technique, that I have great footwork and a I am a great technician" Dominguez said. "But the main thing I need to work on is my strength. You look at me right now and I might look just a little over 200 to you, but I am 265. I am not that strong, but as soon as basketball is over I am going to attack that weight room."

Arkansas already had one commit this year from Bainbridge in defensive lineman Malcolm Sheppard (6-3, 245), who could end up at either defensive end or defensive tackle.

"Malcolm and I have been together since the sixth grade," Dominguez said. "I remember when Malcolm was in the sixth grade he was 5-10 and 160 pounds, but he has done blew up now."

Dominguez also hit it off with Razorback commit Adrian Davis, another one of Vaughn's recruits who visited this weekend.

"We got real close and he's a real cool cat," Dominguez said. "This is a really great environment up here."


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