Four-star cornerback Chris Bivins (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend and got to see a Razorbacks team on the rise beat defending national champion Auburn.
“It was a real nice trip. I got what I needed out of it,” Bivins said. “I loved the fans, the atmosphere, the coaches, the players, everything was good. It was a successful trip.”
Bivins committed to South Florida over the summer and has since taken officials to NC State and Arkansas.
“I wasn’t trying to make a comparison because each school is different and I have to go into each situation with an open mind,” Bivins said.
He said that Arkansas reminded him a lot of home.
“Arkansas reminded me a little of Florida, like this is Gator Town, everything in Fayetteville was about Arkansas and there’s so much community support,” Bivins said. “But it wasn’t about comparisons, it was about seeing if that program fits my needs.”
There’s also a need for cornerbacks at Arkansas and a chance to play early -- two things that appeal to Bivins.
“I talked to every coach on the staff and they just told me they were happy I made it and they need depth at the cornerback position,” Bivins said. “They need several cornerbacks and they need guys that can come in and play early.”
The coaching staff even invited Bivins to take part in the meetings on Sunday, something he was happy to do.
“I went to the individual meetings on Sunday and they showed me a lot of the drills they do and I’m going to start emulating those drills and work them into my game,” Bivins said. “Their defense is stingy and they are aggressive, much like the defense I play in high school.”
Bivins also recently received an offer from Cincinnati, has been in contact with another SEC school and is working on the possibility of taking more officials.
“My next visit is probably going to be to South Carolina,” Bivins added. “South Carolina offered early but we’ve really just begun talking recently.
“I’m not sure when I’m going to go. My USF official isn’t until Nov. 19 so I’m probably going to take the visit before that.”
Don’t be surprised if Bivins is in South Carolina when the Gamecocks host the Gators on Nov. 12.
“That would be ironic wouldn’t it,” Bivins said with a laugh. “I was thinking about that game but I’m not sure yet.”