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Marks makes his decision

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Suncoast defensive tackle Ke’Tyrus Marks came to Fayetteville this weekend for his official visit, but he also had some work to do.

Ke'Tyrus Marks had his school's single-season sacks record in his final game.

That is, he worked on getting other prospects to commit to the Razorbacks before Marks, himself, even gave the Hogs his pledge.

“I tried to convince De’Andre (Coley) to commit,” Marks said. “I believe he did. I tried to convince D.J. (Dean) to commit as well, and I believe he did. I don’t know what (Denver) Kirkland did yet, but I tried to convince him as well.”

As for Marks, he didn’t need any convincing. He came to the UA with the intention of committing this weekend, and he followed through with that Sunday, becoming the Razorbacks’ third commitment for the day.

“I loved the visit. It was great,” Marks said. “I love the University of Arkansas. I love Fayetteville, and I love all the fans.”

Marks (6-2, 285) chose Arkansas over Wake Forest, Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky. Wake Forest was the most recent to offer, doing so last week. He’s already visited FAU and WKU but said he will not take any other visits.

He talked about the reasons he chose the Hogs.

“First, the SEC is the toughest conference in the United States,” Marks said. “Everybody knows they have the toughest conference in football. You want to compete against the best. Secondly, I love Coach (Charlie) Partridge, I love the whole coaching staff, I love everybody here. It’s just a family environment. And third, it gives me a better football opportunity. I felt like I was at home.”

Coley, a safety from Miami Columbus, and Dean, a cornerback from Newton, Texas, committed to the Razorbacks earlier on Sunday.

The other visitors were: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) South Plantation five-star running back Alex Collins; Kirkland, the four-star offensive tackle from Miami Washington; Dwayne Johnson, a three-star offensive tackle from Bellaire, Texas; and Kenny Lacy, a three-star offensive tackle from Phoenix Mountain Pointe who remains committed to UCLA.

Marks, who set Suncoast’s single-season sacks record (16) in his final game, is Arkansas’ second commitment on the defensive line for 2013. Forrest City three-star defensive end Tevin Beanum gave the Hogs his pledge Aug. 16.

Marks becomes the 16th member of Arkansas 2013 recruiting class. The Hogs had five players sign at midterm, four of whom are already enrolled at the UA.

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