Chad Morris and the Arkansas Razorbacks have picked up two commitments in March, including a pledge from under-the-radar defensive back Malik Chavis.
Chavis (6 feet 2, 185 pounds) is from Rison (Ark.) High. Rison is a town of about 1,300 that is around 30 miles southwest of Pine Bluff, in the middle of the state. He is Arkansas’ third 2019 commitment.
“Arkansas is my home and I always grew up wanting to play there,” Chavis told GN. “I like coach Chad Morris and his staff because they are very good people. Arkansas has always been my dream school, so that is what led me to commit.”
Arkansas offered Chavis on February 24. It was his first offer – not his first Power Five offer but his first offer period.
“It was real exciting,” Chavis said. “It meant a lot to me because they were looking at me when the old staff was there, but I never did think that they would offer me just because I was coming from a small town like Rison.
“But when the new staff came in, (secondary) coach Ron Cooper was my recruiting area coach and he was like, ‘Man, why haven’t they been recruiting this kid?’ So, getting that offer was pretty big.”
Arkansas’ offer came shortly after Chavis attended a Razorbacks camp.
“I ran a 4.39 40 at the Arkansas camp,” he said.
Chavis said he has enjoyed getting to know Morris.
“Coach Morris is energetic, and there is never a dull moment,” Chavis said. “He is always excited and always uplifting, which I really like.”
Chavis plays wide receiver and cornerback in high school. How does he think he will be used in Fayetteville?
“They are telling me defensive back, so cornerback. But I could also play safety,” he said.
How would Chavis describe his game as a defensive back?
“I can stick to wide receivers very well and you really don’t get plays past me,” he said. “I’m always ready to run and chase somebody down. My biggest strength is toughness because coming from Rison, you have to have a hard, tough mentality.”
Arkansas’ other recent commitment was from three-star offensive tackle Beaux Limmer on March 8. Limmer is from Tyler (Texas) Lee.
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