Marks Him Down: Ke'Tyrus Marks

West Palm Beach (FL) Suncoast defensive tackle Ke'Tyrus Marks (6-2, 265) - who had a school-record 16 sacks this season - becomes the third player to commit to Arkansas on Sunday and the 16th overall in the 2013 class.

Palm Beach (FL) West Coast defensive tackle made it clear coming into his visit to Arkansas that it was his intention to leave Fayetteville a Razorback pledge.

He did just that.

Marks (6-2, 265) became the third player to commit to Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema on Sunday and the 16th signee or pledge in the Razorbacks' 2013 recruiting class when he chose them on Saturday.

"I loved the visit," Marks said. "It was great. I love the University of Arkansas. I love Fayetteville and I love all the fans. You gotta love them. They are die-hard fans. I love our fans."

Marks was recruited by Razorback defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and picked Arkansas over Wake Forest, Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky, where former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino brought him in for an official visit last weekend.

He popped on the radar this season while setting a school record for sacks with 16 and amassing over 60 tackles this season.

"The first reason (to commit) is the SEC is the toughest conference in the United States," Marks said. "Everybody knows that it is the toughest conference in football. Everybody always wants to compete against the best. I also love Coach Partridge. I love everybody on that staff plus thirdly, it gives me a better opportunity and I feel like I am at home."

Marks could not say enough about the Razorback fans.

"You have to go to where you are going to be loved," Marks said. "A lot of schools show you love, but the fans here take it to a whole new level. It doesn't even compare. You get an opportunity to play before great fans and in a top conference and you just gotta go with it."

He was hosted on the trip by Arkansas freshman defensive linemen Jamichael Winston.

"We got along great and bonded," Marks said. "We have the same type personality."

Marks also really liked Arkansas graduate assistant Terrence Butler and Bielema, who he committed to around noon on Sunday.

"Coach Terrence is a people person," Marks said. "He gets along with the players. Coach B is a great dude. You gotta love Coach B. He is one of the most down to earth coaches. Coach Partridge is going to be a great defensive line coach."

He also lauded some of the coaches on the other side of the ball in offensive line coach Sam Pittman and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

"The offensive line coach has a great personality," Marks said. "The offensive coordinator has a great personality. You have just got to love the whole staff."

Marks was one of four Florida prep players to visit Arkansas this weekend with both he and Miami Northwestern safety De'Andre Coley (6-1, 195) joining Plantation South Plantation tailback Alex Collins (5-11, 207) and Miami Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Denver Kirkland (6-5, 335) also in Fayetteville this weekend.

He joined Coley and Newton (Texas) cornerback D.J. Day (5-11, 180) in committing so far on Sunday.

"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."





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