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.
Dean commits to Arkansas
Fort Smith Northside defender Daytrieon Dean (25) attempts a tackle against Little Rock Parkview's Caelon Harden during a 2012 game.
Defensive end Daytrieon Dean, 6-3, 260, 4.89 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Fort Smith Northside has committed to Arkansas. He picked the Hogs over offers from Ole Miss, Arkansas State along with interest from Alabama, Auburn and others. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Dean said Coach Bret Bielema jumped up in the air when he told him he was committing. He said the family atmosphere and the tradition were factors in his decision. He also believes he can flourish as a player at Arkansas. He said his heart was always with the Razorbacks.
He said his mother gave him her approval on committing to the Hogs.
Dean thinks defensive line coach Rory Segrest can help him become a better football player. LIkes his background.
Tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. is his lead recruiter. He said Lunney stayed in constant contact with him.
Dean recorded 50 tackles, 6 sacks and 1 tackle for a loss this past season while missing most of two games because of an ankle injury.