FAYETTEVILLE - Wide receiver Jared Cornelius from Evangel Christian in Shreveport, La., has signed an Institutional Financial Aid Agreement with Arkansas, head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday.
Under a new interpretation of NCAA legislation, high school seniors who are on schedule to graduate in December and plan to enroll in college for the spring semester have the opportunity to sign an Institutional Financial Aid Agreement. Cornelius will enroll in January and go through spring practice with the Razorbacks.
"Jared has developed a winning attitude through his family and program he excelled in at Evangel Christian," Coach Bielema said. "We are excited to get him in our Razorback family and watch his dreams become a reality."
Cornelius was ranked as the No. 25 recruit from Louisiana by Rivals.com and also earned a grade of 85 from 247Sports.com and a grade of 72 from ESPN. According to 247.com, Cornelius is the No. 47 recruit from the state of Louisiana and the No. 124 prospective wide receiver. Cornelius helped Evangel Christian win the District 1-3A championship and advance to the Louisiana Division II state quarterfinals during his senior season.
In 2013, Cornelius had 71 receptions for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns. The team achieved winning season during Cornelius' career finishing 9-1 in 2013, 12-3 in 2012, 8-6 in 2011 and 12-2 in 2010. Cornelius had 90 receptions in 2012 for 1,585 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was coached by Byron Dawson and Phillip Dees at Evangel and chose Arkansas over Missouri and Tennessee among others.
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