College notes: TCU lands receiver once pledged to Arkansas

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TCU’s hiring of new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham Thursday is already paying dividends.

Friday, the Horned Frogs flipped Rivals.com 3-star wide receiver Jared Cornelius, formerly an Arkansas commit, to join TCU’s class of 2014.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver from Evangel Christian in Shreveport said Meacham’s hire certainly gave TCU a new edge in his decision-making process.

“The offensive changes are really great for receivers in general,” Cornelius said. “TCU is like receiver heaven. Why wouldn’t I want to come here.”

Cornelius spent the latter half of the week on his official visit to Fort Worth and gave his pledge to head coach Gary Patterson at the end of his stay on Friday.

He said the campus was a huge selling point in his decision to flip commitments, preferring the smaller class sizes TCU offers, which is similar to his smaller classes at Evangel Christian.

“You get to know everybody. It makes it like my high school. It reminds me of my home,” he said.

Cornelius had committed to Arkansas for the prestige of the SEC, but had some doubts about the kind of impact he could make on the Razorbacks’ offense.

“You never know what [Arkansas is] going to do as far as pass-run,” he said. “Last year they’ve been doing the power run thing and receivers don’t catch that many balls. You know what [TCU is] going to do for sure, and you know they are going to throw the ball. I want security and not just guessing.”

Meacham confirmed Cornelius’ thoughts, saying the Horned Frogs will pass the ball much more next season.

Cornelius described himself as a physical receiver that is well-balanced as far as his skill set.

He said Meacham liked his ability to play bigger than he is, already standing as a medium-size wideout.

Cornelius spent the week with rising sophomore receiver Cameron Echols-Luper and wanted to experience the connection demonstrated between the coaches and players.

“I just liked the family vibe,” he said. “You can tell there’s a relationship between the coaches and the players and I want to be a part of something like that.”

— Travis L. Brown

Mayfield leaves Tech

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday he didn’t get many specifics on why freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield left the team to pursue a transfer, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

Mayfield told the Austin American-Statesman on Wednesday that he had decided to transfer. He spent the season as a walk-on, but Kingsbury said Friday that the former Lake Travis High School standout was going to be put on scholarship.

Kingsbury said he had been unaware of Mayfield’s dissatisfaction until late Tuesday.

Texas Tech has also announced that freshman safety Tanner Jacobson, from Southlake Carroll, will leave the program at semester break for a two-year Mormon mission.

Briefly

•  Texas volleyball: The top-seeded Longhorns (26-2) defeated American 3-1 to advance to the NCAA regional final against the Nebraska-San Diego winner. Texas won 25-27, 25-14, 25-16, 25-20 in Lincoln, Neb.

•  NCAA soccer: Patrick Mullins scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season to lead Maryland to a 2-1 victory over Virginia in the NCAA men’s soccer semifinals Friday night in Chester, Pa. Maryland will play Notre Dame, a 2-0 winner over New Mexico, for the title on Sunday.

•  Notre Dame football: Quarterback Everett Golson has been readmitted to Notre Dame after being suspended for the fall semester for what he termed “poor judgment on a test.”

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