Two from Dutchdown pledge to Arkansas
Arkansas added some Louisiana flavor to its 2014 football recruiting class by picking up commitments from four south Louisiana players Saturday.
Dutchtown wide receiver Corey McBride and running back Torrance Mosley joined Rummel safety Dwayne Eugene and cornerback Henre’ Toliver as players committed to the Razorbacks.
The players committed after completing the Razorbacks’ camp for elite prospects and individual post-camp meetings with first-year Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
“I was leaning toward Arkansas all along,” McBride said. “Seeing campus and learning about the architecture and landscape program really did it for me. I’d been offered before, but there’s nothing like hearing it come from the head coach.”
Toliver and Eugene, who are set to be three-year starters for Rummel, are longtime friends and teammates.
“I committed first, and then I talked (Toliver) into committing,” Eugene said. “I just like the school and I like the style of defense they play. It’s a good fit for me.”
Toliver added, “This was my first stop. I was planning to make other visits, but I fell in love with the school, the coaches and the campus. It’s all that for me.”
Toliver (6-foot-1, 166 pounds) recorded 15 tackles, nine assists and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown as a junior. Eugene (5-11, 200) returned one of the two interceptions he had for a TD to go along with 32 tackles and 32 assists. The duo helped the Raiders win the Class 5A state title last fall.
McBride (6-2, 185) caught eight passes for 118 yards and one TD as a junior. Mosley (5-9, 156) led the Griffins in rushing with 699 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season and totaled 900 yards through the playoffs.
“I’m glad it’s done,” Mosley said. “Before I came here, I thought I might want to commit, but I wasn’t quite sure. Meeting the coaches and seeing the facility clinched it for me. Now I’m ready to concentrate on the season.”
The two head coaches, Dutchtown’s Benny Saia and Rummel’s Jay Roth, said they were both pleased with their players’ decisions.
“When I talked to Corey last night, I figured he would commit today,” Saia said. “Torrance was a little bit of a surprise, but we’re thrilled for both of them.”
“Those two guys grew up playing together and now they’ll continue to play together at an SEC school,” Roth said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”