Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) took his third official visit to Arkansas over the weekend. Neal, the nation's No. 8 player, had previously visited Ohio State and Notre Dame.
“The first thing that jumped out to me about Arkansas was the academic set up,” Neal said. “I want to go in to sports broadcasting and at most schools, you have to wait until at least your sophomore year to really do much. At Arkansas, you can get behind the scenes right away and that’s pretty intriguing to me.
“From a football standpoint, Arkansas is a pretty incredible place. The facilities are crazy and they have a 100-yard weight room, which is the biggest I’ve seen so far. I like the coaches a lot and have talked to them so much, it honestly feels like I’m talking with family. Coach [Bobby] Petrino is a great guy, and I love Coach K [Chris Klenakis]. He has been recruiting me all year, and we’re very close.”
Neal said the offense at Arkansas is anther big plus for the program.
“That’s one explosive offense and it would be fun to play in a system like that,” Neal said. “They let their playmakers make plays and Coach Petrino does a great job of drawing things up. They like me as a slot receiver and said they want to use me in a similar way that they used Joe Adams.
“The quarterback is coming back next year and they’re going to be really good. I love the players on the team, they all treated me great and I got a great vibe at Arkansas from everyone. It was similar to Ohio State in that it just felt like home. I’m taking a visit to North Carolina this weekend, and then I plan to shut things down for a week.
"That’s when I’ll compare everyone to each other, hopefully pick one school out as a favorite and then visit Arizona (Feb 3). I should decide a week later between Arizona and whatever school I pick out from my first four visits.”