Torrance Mosley and Corey McBride are no longer with the Arkansas class of 2014, but it isn’t because they wanted to leave.
Their high school coach was informed by Arkansas’ staff that the school would no longer be honoring their commitments, but before the conversation went any farther, Dutchtown (La.) coach Benny Saia hung up on them. NCAA rules prevent coaching staffs to comment on a recruit prior to them signing a national letter of intent, so the true reason may never be known–but a lot of time situations like this happen because of grade issues. Sometimes it can be a numbers game too, so fans will have to interpret it on their own.
Saia said it wasn’t about grades, telling the Baton Rouge Advocate that the players’ grades had vastly improved since they chose the Razorbacks over the summer.
“I didn’t even ask why, I just hung up,” Saia told the newspaper. “Colleges get mad at kids when they commit (elsewhere), but then you have something like this. This is second year in a row this has happened with a player from this area. You’re only as good as your word, and right now theirs doesn’t mean much.”
Last year, another local Louisiana prospect, Kaleb Blanchard of Denham Springs, had his scholarship offer rescinded when the coaching change happened at Arkansas–when Bret Bielema was hired.
Mosley did an interview with Saturday Down South last year, and this is what he had to say about Arkansas.
“I think that this class is going to be special because of our quarterback, Rafe Peavey,” Mosley told SDS. “He showed me that he is definitely going to be a great leader in the future, just in the short time that I’ve known him. Plus all the coaches and athletes we’re putting around him will be great. Coach Bielema is a very cool guy and also the coaching staff he has will get us prepared to be the best we can be to win. He’s a coach who knows how to win, like he did in Wisconsin.”
Mosley and McBride will visit TCU this weekend.