Ray's About Ready

Florida prep wideout Lance Ray (6-3, 200, 4.34), one of a handful of players scheduled to take official visits to Arkansas this weekend, says there is a great chance he will be a Razorback commit very soon.

Havana (Fla.) East Gadsen wide receiver/safety Lance Ray is a football player who could very well be one and done.

Not one year, but one visit.

Ray (6-3, 200, 4.34) is one of five players who are tentatively scheduled to take official visits to Fayetteville this upcoming weekend.

"I'm strictly all about Arkansas this week," Ray said. "There is a great chance that this will be the only visit that I take and that I will be a Razorback."

Ray has 14 offers - including Illinois, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Kentucky – but Arkansas assistant coach and offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has put the Razorbacks as the lead dog in the pack.

"He has done a great job laying things out to me and really all I need to do is get up there and just check out the entire campus and all that," Ray said. "It sounds like the perfect place for me."

While he did not get a chance to watch Arkansas' 31-30 win over LSU on Friday, Ray made sure to devour the highlights and read about game.

"That really shows you something right there," Ray said. "They have got a lot of young talent and the program is ready to take off. They keep telling me they would like for me to be a part of that."

Ray is very aware that Ryan Mallett, who transferred in from Michigan, is the top contender at quarterback.

"That is something that has really been stressed to me, that the guy from Michigan has a chance to be a great college quarterback and one that could play in the NFL," Ray said. "That just makes Arkansas look even better."

Ray is coming off a season in which he had 33 catches for over 622 yards with five of his six touchdowns coming through the air.

He also had 19 tackles and one fumble recovery for a team that finished 5-5 with a 40-0 win over Jefferson County in its season finale.

"It was a rough year for us, but at least we ended up winning our last game," Ray said. "We wanted to make the playoffs, but they didn't happen, but we fought through it all the way and played hard."

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Besides Ray, Arkansas tentatively is also expected to host a trio of offensive linemen in Razorback commit Travis Swason (6-5, 285) and the Navarro (Texas) Junior College pair of Roy Watts (6-6, 310) and Zhamal Thomas (6-4, 335).

A defensive back who could also make it is Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) JC cornerback Andrew McGee (6-1, 180), but he also may commit to Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.

Arkansas is also involved with former Tennessee defensive tackle commit and current City College of San Francisco standout Edwin Herbert (6-3, 295), who has family in Arkansas.

If he makes an official visit this weekend, it would not begin until at least Sunday because his team plays in the Hawaiian Punch Bowl against San Joaquin on Saturday.

Herbert – a mid-term transfer - has already visited North Carolina State and has plans to visit Arkansas and then Florida on Dec. 12-14.


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