Chris Bivins, a three-star cornerback from Gainesville (Fla.) who is committed to South Florida, took his second official visit this past weekend when he traveled to Arkansas. He got to see the Razorbacks knock off Auburn, the defending National Champions.
"It was real nice," Bivins said. "It was more than I expected. The weight room is just outrageous, I think that is the biggest weight room in the nation - I have never seen a weight room so advanced. The fans were great. It is an SEC environment and those environments are always the best. They are sponsored by Nike, and they make the best fitting gloves and everything. The coaches, the players, everybody was just really nice. Overall it was just a really good trip."
When speaking with the coaching staff at Arkansas, Bivins was alerted to their needs at cornerback. He said it was evident during the game that they are in need of depth at the position.
"I kind of noticed it myself, but they didn't really sub in any cornerbacks during the game like in nickel or on third down, so that shows they lack depth at the spot," Bivins said. "They are also pretty much telling me they can put the weight on me that I need to gain and that I would have a real good opportunity of playing next year. I just have to work hard and everything would be alright."
The fanfare and team's performance on Saturday also made an impression.
"The gameday atmosphere was crazy," Bivins said. "We got to the stadium around 1 p.m. and the students were all outside standing in line working on getting tickets. That just shows how dedicated their fans are. The crowd was great during the game. Them beating the defending National Champions, that was big, even though Auburn is down a bit from last year they are still a Gene Chizik coached team and he always has his team ready to play. So by them beating Auburn, it shows they can play."
With the visit now wrapped up, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back talked about where he stands with regards to his commitment to South Florida and his interest in Arkansas.
"I am still committed to USF," Bivins said. "The visit opened my eyes to a bunch of new things, like the type of environment that it is and the type of school that Arkansas really is. It opened my eyes. It was a real fun visit."
Bivins next official visit is expected to be a trip to South Carolina, but he has yet to schedule that visit. He has previously taken an official visit to N.C. State and unofficial visits to Florida and South Florida during this season.
Cincinnati is also starting to show major interest in Bivins and is attempting to get him on campus for an official visit. He is undecided at this time on whether or not he will trip to see the Bearcats.