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Arkansas Signee: ‘I Guess Things Had To Be Done’

Arkansas wide receiver signee Eric Hawkins wasn’t pleased to find out Tuesday that football coach Bobby Petrino had been fired.

“I’m a little irritated about my coach leaving,” Hawkins told MrSEC. “I guess things had to be done. I honestly didn’t really think they’d get rid of him. Everybody makes a mistake.”

Petrino’s mistake was a costly one, but his departure won’t affect Hawkins’ desire to play football at Arkansas.

“I don’t reevaluate anything,” said Watkins, who attends Longview (Texas) High School. “A football program isn’t based on coaches you have, it’s the effort you put into it.”

Hawkins said he spoke to secondary coach Bobby Allen shortly after Petrino was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday. Allen told Hawkins to sit tight.

“He just told me not to worry about it,” Hawkins said. “I wasn’t really worried about it.”

Offensive line signee Cordale Boyd from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School didn’t seem too worried about Petrino’s departure. When reached Tuesday night, Boyd declined to comment on Petrino.

“All I have to say is WPS,” Boyd said. “Woo Pig Sooie.”

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Sheldon Dawson Will Play At Georgia

Athlete Sheldon Dawson from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School has committed to Georgia.

Dawson made the decision official on Monday night.

“It just felt like a better fit for me,” Dawson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was like a do over for me, a place to start over. I started from scratch and that’s the place I wanted to go.”

Ole Miss was also considered by Dawson, who originally committed to Memphis in July before decommitting when coach Larry Porter was fired in November.

Dawson is the 17th commitment for Georgia’s class of 2012.

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Memphis Commit Dawson Could Look Elsewhere

Sheldon Dawson is still committed to Memphis, but the athlete from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School could look elsewhere.

The Tigers fired coach Larry Porter during the weekend. Dawson, who cited Porter as a main reason for choosing Memphis, told he isn’t sure how the move will affect his college decision.

“It’s just business and it’s how it goes I guess,” Dawson told the website. “I don’t really know what I’m going to do right now. It was a surprise to me.”

Dawson told 247Sports that Tennessee, Georgia, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt have been recruiting him the hardest. He still plans to take all five official visits permitted by the NCAA.

Dawson is considered the No. 9 athlete in the nation and No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports.

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Arkansas Adds To 2012 And 2013 Classes

Arkansas received commitments during the weekend from wide receiver Eric Hawkins and defensive end Brandon Lewis.

Hawkins is also a track standout at Longview (Texas) High School. He’s the third receiver to commit to Arkansas’s class of 2012.

Lewis is the second prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School to commit to Arkansas. Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd committed to the Razorbacks in April.

Arkansas has 10 commitments for the class of 2012.

Arkansas was also able to land its first commitment for the 2013 class when running back Jamel James from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, gave his pledge to the Razorbacks.
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Arkansas Lands Memphis Lineman

Arkansas has received a commitment from offensive lineman Cordale Boyd from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School.

“I was up there about a month ago and just loved it,” Boyd told “I loved the academics. They showed so much interest in academics. Some colleges don’t even bother talking to you about them. I loved the weight room because I love lifting weights. It will motivate me to do well there.”

Boyd is the fifth prospect to commit to Arkansas for the class of 2012 and the second offensive lineman to do so.

Boyd’s commitment is another example of Arkansas’ approach to recruit Memphis, as outlined by Otis Kirk on last week.

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