2020 Razorbacks receiver commitment, Ze’Vian Capers has the opportunity to be what Collin Clay was for the 2019 class: “The Oracle”. If you were a Hog fan especially on Twitter during the latest recruiting cycle, you would see Clay pushing for 2019 prospects to “Call the Hogs!” He was the lone Razorback commitment to be on campus this weekend. He opened up the gates in early February hoping many others would jump on the bus as well. He definitely did some work yesterday. “Oh yeah,” said Capers when asked if he was recruiting players to come to Arkansas. “No doubt since yesterday I’ve been telling some guys that Arkansas is a very special place.”
Capers let us know if his number one intention so far, “My number one priority is Aaron (McLaughlin) right now.” McLaughlin is a 2021 quarterback that attends the same school as Capers at Denmark High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. Fort Smith native, Terry Crowder, is the head coach. Their defensive assistant coach, Patrick Jones also played at Arkansas under former Razorback head coach, Bobby Petrino. There is obviously plenty of Razorback connections there to at least give Arkansas an advantage to gain the Danes star quarterback.
Could Arkansas have an advantage for McLaughlin, “Arkansas is very high on my list,” said McLaughlin. ” Zevian (Capers) being committed definitely gives an advantage to Arkansas.” When he was asked what kind of combo they would bring to the gridiron in 2019,”Me and Zay are going to be unstoppable next year.”
As teammates, they also attended the “Elite Prospect Day” at Arkansas on Saturday and it seemed to do good things for Arkansas. “It was awesome,” said McLaughlin. “I had a great time. My relationships with Coach (Joe) Cradock and (Coach Chad) Morris are awesome. Also have a great one with Coach (Justin) Stepp. Zay is definitely hyping the place up!”
“It was great to get back on campus and spend time with my family and coaches family,” said Capers.” His family tree seems to have a few branches on staff in Fayetteville. “One of the assistant weight and training coaches, Chad Cain, is married to my cousin.” I have an amazing relationship with Coach (Justin) Stepp, Coach (Chad) Morris, and my family (Chad) Cain.
Last season, Capers recorded 60 receptions for 1182 yards and 11 touchdowns for He Danes. Folks, that is 19 yards per catch at over 100 yards receiving per game. That is #PTP, Prime Time Player! https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7750782/5be25c858cd4ae13bc32a07a
McLaughlin is transferring from Buford High School for his last two seasons of eligibility at Denmark High. Buford High does not release statistics on their players but here is his tape from 2018, be impressed: http://www.hudl.com/v/2AXdJk
It looks like Capers’ hype is helping since Jonesboro’s, Jashaud Stewart, joined the Diamond Gang for 2020 last night around 10 PM. Does McLauglin jump on as the first 2021 commitment? Time will tell but it does sound good so far!