Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge sees a diamond in the rough; at least that is how one can view it through the eyes of recruiting rankings. Per reports Partridge offered West Palm Beach, Florida defensive tackle Ke’Tyrus Marks a scholarship on Wednesday.
Marks has the size, 6’2”, 285 pounds, and speed 4.9 forty-yard dash time to be a future every down SEC lineman but currently does not have the support of recruiting gurus Rivals or 247Sports despite registering 16 sacks his senior season.
Rivals has Marks rated as a 2-star, 247Sports does not have Marks rated at all.
Marks has several scholarship offers including Florida Atlantic, Northern Illinois, Bethune-Cookman, Massachusetts, and most interestingly for Arkansas fans, Western Kentucky (Bobby Petrino).
An official visit to the Arkansas campus has been set for Jan. 25. Then Marks is expected to verbally commit to the Hogs.
Arkansas is in need of defensive tackles. The 2012 recruiting class only netted one defensive tackle, Darius Philon. The 2011 class scored one high school DT, Demarcus Hodge and one junior college recruit, Robert Thomas. The Razorbacks lost seven D-linemen to graduation at the end of the 2012 season and could lose six at the end of the 2013 season.
Arkansas Razorback Commitments for the 2013 Recruiting Class
1. QB Austin Allen, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 3-Star
2. LB Brooks Ellis, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 3-Star
3. SS Alex Brignoni, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 3-Star
4. SS Khari Harding, Edmond, Oklahoma, 3-Star
5. TE Hunter Henry, Little Rock, Arkansas, 4-Star
6. LB Myke Tavarres, Weed (JC), California, 3-Star*
7. CB Carroll Washington, Salinas (JC), California, 4-Star*
8. DE Tevin Beanum, Forrest City, Arkansas, 3-Star
9. OT John McClure, El Dorado (JC), Texas, 3-Star*
10. WR Drew Morgan, Greenwood, 3-Star
11. SS Tiquention Coleman, Milledgeville (JC), Georgia, 3-Star*
12. LB Martrell Spaight, Coffeyville (JC), Kansas, 3-Star*
Arkansas Razorback Commitments for the 2014 Recruiting Class
1. QB Rafe Peavey, Bolivar, Missouri, 4-Star
2. DT Bijhon Jackson, El Dorado, Arkansas, 4-Star
3. RB Juan Day, North Little Rock, Arkansas, not rated
Verbal commitments are non-binding.
* Denotes signed Letter of Intent.