Three of the seven recruits who took official visits committed to playing their college ball at Arkansas. Multiple sources report that these might not be the only players from this group who decide to play for Bret Bielema. All three are from out of state, as were the two commitments received after last weekend; which means Bielema has lured five prospects from outside The Natural State's borders in the span of seven days.
Two of today's are from the state of Florida and the other from Texas. Bielema and his staff are starting to answer those questions about whether or not they can recruit in those talent-filled grounds. Here is a little bit more information on each of our new favorite players:
De'Andre Coley (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) was the first commitment of the day. He calls Miami home and attends Northwestern High, where a bevy of recruits come from. In fact, every defensive back for Northwestern has committed to a Division 1 school. He also became the first prospect who was primarily recruited by linebackers coach Randy Shannon, the former Miami head coach, to commit to the Hogs. He has offers from Cincinnati and TCU (where Shannon was coaching before Arkansas) as well. Coley runs a 4.45 40-yard dash and was offered by Arkansas on Jan. 16.
D.J. Dean (5-11, 185 ) is a cornerback out of Newton, TX. He runs a 4.6 and played quarterback in high school as well. Dean was committed to Utah last year. He was offered by the Hogs on Jan. 21 and made a decision quickly, less than a week later. Chris Ash made an in-home visit this past week which helped make his decision easier. Dean has scheduled an official visit to Baylor this weekend. No reports have surfaced whether or not he will make the trip to Waco.
Here is Dean's tweet from earlier, full with a picture of him and Bielema (Dressed in what? a track suit of course):
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So It's Official... DJ Dean Is Coming Back To The Hills!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23WPS">#WPS</a>!!!! <a href="http://t.co/xWa1Xwqn" title="http://instagr.am/p/U_issXw9K9/">instagr.am/p/U_issXw9K9/</a></p>— Dale Dean (@Xx_MrMVP_xX) <a href="https://twitter.com/Xx_MrMVP_xX/status/295559577406160896">January 27, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Ke'Tyrus Marks (6-2, 285) is the Razorbacks 16th commitment of the 2013 signing class. While many have passed on Marks, he appreciated the Hogs dedication to him. Someone on this website told you to watch his film and that you would be impressed.
Knowing he was going to commit this weekend while on his official visit, he told 247sports.com that he came to Fayetteville with a job this weekend: to work on the prospects there to try and get them to commit. He also told them he was trying to convince Coley, Dean, and Denver Kirkland to commit all weekend. So far he is two-for-three with Kirkland still undecided.
Marks, who broke his school's record to sacks in a season as a defensive lineman, was recruited by Charlie Partridge. There was not room for another defensive lineman at Wisconsin, but as soon as Partridge joined the staff he offered Marks.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE MY TALENTS TO FAYETVILLE ARKANSAS AND JOIN THE ....ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23wps">#wps</a></p>— A Blessed Individual (@showthief_90) <a href="https://twitter.com/showthief_90/status/295600387484942336">January 27, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Marks has offers from Western Kentucky and Wake Forest, but with the amount of respect he has for Partridge for sticking with him, it is hard to find any commitment loving their future school more.
NOTE: Here is SBNation Recruiting's Bud Elliot on RB prospect Alex Collins' weekend, and as always, it's free.
A native of Arkansas now calling the Hogs from yonder in Georgia, you can follow Graham on Twitter@grahamreaves.