By Otis Kirk
Arkansas hosted a pair of Highland Park (Texas) recruits for an official visit this weekend.
Wide receiver Finnegan Corwin and defensive back Hudson Clark both hold a preferred walk-on offer from the Hogs. As a senior, Corwin caught 89 passes for 1,682 yards and 16 touchdowns. Following the weekend visit, Corwin, who is one of 10 children in his family, reflected back on how it went.
“Everyone here has been really nice,” Corwin said. “You couldn’t ask for better people to hang with and seeing John Stephen (Jones) again was a lot of fun. Just being able to hang out with him again because we became really close in high school.”
Corwin has two other visits he plans to take before making a decision.
“I know that I definitely want to play,” Corwin said. “I think I am going to SMU sometime next week and going to OU Feb. 2nd. So after that I will definitely make a decision, but I know that Coach (Chad) Morris is doing something special here and I definitely want to be involved if I can.”
The wide receiver talked about his relationship with Justin Stepp, who coaches wide receivers at Arkansas.
“Coach Stepp and I have developed a good relationship and I think I can definitely play if I come here and that would be great,” Corwin said. “But I am definitely fine with kind of waiting your turn, just getting to know the offense and just doing whatever your role on the team is what you need to do.”
Do you know when you will make a decision?
“I would say by signing day,” Corwin said. “It is a bit overwhelming. It’s a lot of fun, but definitely overwhelming. I don’t know how some of these guys do it with 30-plus offers as stressful as it is with school and everything. So I definitely want to do it by signing day.”
Chandler Morris who is the quarterback at Highland Park and son of the Arkansas head coach was also in Fayetteville. Corwin talked about that.
“It is great every time I get to hang out with him,” Corwin said. “He is one of my best friends and to get to hang out with him here where he knows everything is a lot of fun.”
Clark had 40 tackles as a senior, including 31 unassisted. He also added three tackles for loss, eight interceptions, one touchdown and six pass breakups. He also handled some of the kicking chores. Clark talked about the visit as well.
“The visit was a great time,” Clark said. “They took us around all the facilities, everything was nice, they treated us like we were kings. It was a great experience to be able to be around the students and the team and coaches.
He was hosted by Bumper Pool.
“Our dads went to college together so meeting him was fun,” Clark said.
Where are you at as far as making a college decision?
“My two options are Arkansas and SMU for playing football, if I don’t play I like Texas but I think I’m definitely going to play,” Clark said. “I’m still planning a date for my SMU visit.”
What did you like the most about Arkansas?
“The fans, the community, the town, those are all pros here,” Clark said. “My relationship with the staff is good, they reach out and talked to me a lot and make it feel like home here.”
Clark has strong ties to Arkansas and becoming a Razorback would please his parents.
“My parents seem pretty excited that I’m just on campus, they both went here and love it,” Clark said.
The traditional signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 6.