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Smith uses chance to play LSU as recruiting tool for Louisiana recruits
When Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith recruits his home state of Louisiana, he sends players a clear message — sign with the Razorbacks and you’ll get your chance to prove LSU wrong.
The pitch has been successful for the New Orleans native, who primarily targets prospects that have been left without an offer to play for the Tigers.
Arkansas has signed 10 Louisiana players in the past three recruiting classes with three more committed to the 2017 class. Smith has led the charge on all of those signings.
“I got offered by LSU, but they wanted me to greyshirt,” said junior wide receiver Jared Cornelius, a Shreveport, La., native. “(Smith) thought of it as kind of disrespectful. He gave me a chance and told me Arkansas is going is going to play LSU every year, so I’ll have a chance to go down there and beat up on the Tigers.”
The pipeline is beginning to pay off on the field for the Razorbacks.
Cornelius, junior cornerback Henre’ Toliver (Marrero, La.) and sophomore safety Santos Ramirez (Shreveport, La.) are among the Louisiana natives expected to contribute significantly this season. Big things are expected in the future from quarterback Cole Kelley (Lafayette, La.), linebacker De’Jon Harris (Harvey, La.) and defensive end Briston Guidry (Metairie, La.) as all three freshmen have been impressive in fall camp.
“A lot of guys are overlooked in the state of Louisiana,” Cornelius said. “If you’re not a 5-star or a 4-star, you’re usually not getting any type of offer from LSU. It makes guys mad. You’re a great football player, and you don’t even receive an offer from your in-state team.”
Clenin attends scrimmage
Arkansas 2017 offensive line commit Shane Clenin was in attendance for Saturday’s scrimmage at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Clenin even spoke with coach Bret Bielema for an extended period of time on the sideline while mostly reserves were in action. Saturday was his fourth trip to Fayetteville since the 3-star prospect from Jefferson High School (Festus, Mo.) committed in April.
He told SEC Country last month his relationship with Bielema and offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has played a major role in Arkansas feeling like the right fit for him.
Hogs target gets second SEC offer
Hawaii 2017 defensive end target Miki Suguturaga, who was offered by the Razorbacks in late July, picked up his second SEC offer from Vanderbilt last week. He announced the offer on Twitter.
The rising 3-star prospect now reportedly has six offers from programs in Power Five conferences.
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