It may be a long time before the recruiting process ends for Florida prep linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed, but he does now have a clear leader in the clubhouse.
Rhaheed (6-4, 215) – a one-time LSU commit - who plays at Fort Pierce Central - said Monday afternoon that Arkansas was his top choice right now.
"After this weekend I would say they are my leader and at the very top of my list," Rhaheed said Monday after returning back home. "I had a great time at Arkansas and really loved it."
The feeling is mutual between Rhaheed and the Razorbacks.
"They told me that I am their number one linebacker prospect and their number three defensive prospect overall," Rhaheed said. "I was surprised they told me that, but it made me feel good."
Rhaheed says he has a great relationship with former Miami head coach and current Arkansas linebacker Randy Shannon.
"He is a great guy and a great coach and I know that if I come to Arkansas he is going to get the best out of me and I will develop into an NFL linebacker," Rhaheed said.
He notes that is something that really stands out to him about Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
"Coach Bielema has already put a lot of players in the NFL and I know he is going to have a lot more from Arkansas now that he is there," Bielema said. "They have got a great program here with great facilities and everything you need to develop."
Rhaheed and Fort Pierce Central defensive end Rashawn Shaw (6-3, 230) visited Arkansas unofficially back in July.
"I got a chance to see the new (Fred W. Smith) football operations center last time we were here when it was just opening up and it's great," Rhaheed said. "I think it may be the best in the country."
Rhaheed does plan to take a few more visits before ending his recruiting.
"I thought about committing to Arkansas this weekend and I may do that sometime, but I am definitely going to visit Oregon, USC and Louisville still," Rhaheed said. "I'll try to take those during the season or right after it is over."
Rhaheed And The Razorbacks
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