FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ recent momentum in recruiting continued Friday, when junior college offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor made a verbal commitment to the Razorbacks.
Eluemunor, who is considered one of the top junior college prospects in the country, revealed his plans via Twitter. The Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive lineman chose Arkansas over Ohio State and the decision elicited plenty of social media celebration from the Razorbacks’ coaching staff, which is not permitted to comment specifically on prospects because of NCAA rules.
"All days are great!!! Some just a little bit better than others!!!! #woo pig sooie!!!" Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman posted on his Twitter page.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Eluemunor is rated as a four-star prospect on a five-star scale by recruiting services Rivals.com and Scout.com. He is Arkansas’ 13th verbal commitment for the 2014 class and is hoping to enroll in January, which would permit him to participate in spring practices with the Razorbacks.
Eluemunor originally made a verbal commitment to UCLA, but recently reopened his recruitment. He was in Fayetteville last week, when the Arkansas coaching staff showed current players their new locker room in the Fred W. Smith Football Center.
Several coaches said Thursday they believe the new facility has played a role in Arkansas’ recently recruiting success. The Razorbacks have secured nine verbal commitments from prospects in the past two weeks.
"That initial wow factor is huge in recruiting," Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash said. "When a recruit goes to this school or that school, one of the things you usually hear them talking about is facilities.
"We’ve got a huge upgrade and hopefully it pays off in the long run with some kids."