Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Marks next Hog?
Defensive lineman Ke'Tyrus Marks has talked to Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema over the phone but not in person. That happened on Wednesday when he and his mother met with Bielema and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge at his school.
"Talking to him in person, he's great dude," said Marks, who be making an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. "By looking at him, I didn't know if he would be a serious guy. I didn't know what kind of guy he was because he looked serious. After the conversation we had today, he's a great guy. Very down-to-earth."
Marks, 6-2, 285, 4.9, seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast reports having seven scholarship offers, including ones from Arkansas, Wake Forest ,Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and Massachusetts.
The Razorbacks fans have made a an impression on Marks, who's looking forward to seeing the fans love of their team firsthand.
"I love them," Marks said. "You can't beat them. They're dedicated, they love the football program. They back it up. They're just crazy for the football program. I haven't seen a fan base that strong in a while."
Should Marks like what he sees on his visit, he said he'll likely pledge to the Hogs.