It Was a Bad Day for Missouri Tigers Football – Razorbacks Get 2 New Recruits


Friday was a bad day for Missouri Tigers football fans as news trickled out that the Arkansas Razorbacks got verbal commitments from two highly-prized recruits who were weighing offers from the Southeastern Conference school from Columbia.

The first commitment of the day came from Jared Cornelius, a 6-1, 185-pound wide receiver from Evangel Christian in Shreveport, La. As Doc Harper noted, Cornelius is the fifth prospect to commit to the Razorbacks from Louisiana.

The second get for the Razorbacks was Armon Watts, a 6-5, 275-pound, three-star-rated defensive lineman from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Mo. That loss had to make a bad day for Missouri Tigers football a little worse. In addition to the Missouri Tigers, Armon Watts boasted offers from Kentucky, Wisconsin and others.

With these two new commitments for the 2014 signing class, the Razorbacks have increased the total number of that class to 16. Khalia Hackett, a 6-2, 205-pound safety from Douglasville, Ga., committed to the Hogs late in July, accepting an offer to Arkansas over Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Troy.

Despite the pickups, Rivals currently lists the Arkansas Razorbacks as No. 30 in its rankings of schools’ 2014 recruiting classes, behind No. 29 Western Michigan but ahead of No. 31 Oklahoma. The complete ranking from Rivals is available here.

Jared Cornelius indicated he would announce his decision on Twitter, which he did, and do did his school.

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Here is a 7-on7 highlight video from last month, featuring Cornelius

Jared Cornelius makes a bad day for Missouri tigers football

Jared Cornelius, wide receiver, commits to the Razorbacks

Armon Watts makes a bad day for Missouri Tigers football

Armon Watts, big defensive lineman, commits to the Razorbacks

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  • 40 Minute Hell Razor

    I count ten (10) SEC schools ahead of us on that list. Looks as tho Bielema is stocking up on 2* and 3* recruits, leaving little room for the big boys, if any big boys ever want to wear the Hog. Fifty years in the wilderness: When will Arkansas ever be able to recruit and compete again?

  • Brian

    Agree with 40 min comment above for now but hopefully coach B will get higher rated recruits after a couple of good seasons.

  • Walter Stewart

    We’ve got two major football sports now — recruiting, and on the field play. Winning the recruiting war is important but does not necessarily mean winning the on-the-field war. Many examples of teams losing recruiting war and fielding winning teams. We’ll see whether Ole Miss, whose 2013 recruiting success, will win the national championship over the next three years. The bet here is that Ole Miss won’t.