Har­g­reaves is Florida DE’s ‘guy’ on re­cruit­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT

A good re­la­tion­ship be­tween a prospect and his lead re­cruiter is a must if a school has a chance to sign the prospect.

De­fen­sive end Dante Lang said Ar­kan­sas Ra­zor­backs in­side lineback­ers coach Ver­non Har­g­reaves is more like a friend than a coach.

“That’s my guy right there,” Lang said. “He’s cool. I can talk to him ev­ery time I want. He’s just a cool dude. I can look to him not just as a coach, but a hu­man be­ing. Most peo­ple when they see coaches they like freak out, but I can look at him as a per­son.”

Lang, 6-5, 230 pounds of Boca Ra­ton, Fla., has schol­ar­ship of­fers from the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas, Ken­tucky, Van­der­bilt, Florida At­lantic and UNC-Char­lotte. A good re­la­tion­ship with his re­cruiter is a high pri­or­ity.

“It’s prob­a­bly one of the more im­por­tant things be­cause I want to be able to be some­where I’m com­fort­able,” Lang said. “I don’t want to go to a place where I don’t know any­body and I’m not cool with the coaches.”

He said the like­li­hood of a visit to Ar­kan­sas is very good.

“Re­ally high. I’m try­ing to take a visit dur­ing the spring, like for a spring prac­tice,” Lang said.

Lang recorded 68 tack­les, 18 tack­les for a loss, 16 sacks, a forced fum­ble and 2 re­cov­ered fum­bles along with an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down as a ju­nior. In lim­ited ac­tion at tight end, Lang had two touch­down re­cep­tions.

Boca Ra­ton Coach Eric Davis said Lang is old school be­cause he doesn’t wear gloves while play­ing on of­fense.

“He has huge mitts,” Davis said. “He’s a throw­back.”

Lang, who be­lieves Cen­tral Florida and Mi­ami are close to of­fer­ing, is ex­pected to be a big­ger tar­get on of­fense in the fall. He said there’s a good rea­son why he doesn’t wear gloves.

“When I was a kid, I tried to wear them be­cause I used to play re­ceiver, and then I switched to D- line,” said Lang, who has a 3.4 grade­point av­er­age and is con­sid­er­ing sports medicine or me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing as a ma­jor. “The only rea­son I stopped wear­ing them was be­cause they use to make them with holes so when I ran it tick­led my hands, and I couldn’t catch the ball.”

Davis said Lang demon­strated freak­ish ath­leti­cism when re­turn­ing the in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down.

“I watched him at the de­fen­sive end spot do one of those J.J. Watt pick-sixes,” Davis said. “He jumped up and mauled the ball in the air.”

Lang, whose fa­ther is 6-7, has the frame to add more weight.

“His body could put on an­ther 20 pounds easy, and he’ll prob­a­bly grow some more,” Davis said.

RB KNOWS FOULS

Run­ning back Keaon­tay In­gram is one of the hottest prospect in the na­tion at his po­si­tion as he con­tin­ues to add schol­ar­ship of­fers.

In­gram, 6-0, 190 pounds of Carthage, Texas, has more than 20 schol­ar­ship of­fers and mostly re­cently added one from Ore­gon to go along with ones from Ar­kan­sas, Texas, Michi­gan, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and UCLA.

He said he never thought he would have so many of­fers.

“It’s a fun ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s a child­hood dream,” In­gram said. “Not ev­ery­body gets to ex­pe­ri­ence this, and I’m en­joy­ing ev­ery bit of it.”

He rushed 320 times for 2,225 yards and 31 touch­downs while hav­ing 46 re­cep­tions for 475 yards and 2 touch­downs last sea­son.

In­gram is be­ing re­cruited by of­fen­sive line coach Kurt An­der­son.

“It’s never a dull mo­ment,” In­gram said. “We talk about what they run. That’s one of the schools that if you play run­ning back, you want to go to.”

He was ex­pected to visit Texas on Satur­day. De­spite his size, In­gram said he plays cen­ter for his high school bas­ket­ball team and is very phys­i­cal.

“If I don’t foul out the game ev­ery game, I al­most foul out,” In­gram said.

Email Richard Daven­port at rdav­en­port@arkansason­line.com

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