There was no question who was the biggest, baddest and most imposing recruit that Arkansas had on campus this weekend.
That would be Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington four-star offensive tackle Denver Kirkland (6-5, 335), one of seven prospects the Razorbacks hosted on official visits Friday through Sunday.
"I was coming up and I didn't expect everything to be like this," Kirkland said. "It was just surprising and shocking. The facilities were great. It was like a little country town, small town. You can move from like A to B in about three seconds if you want to so that is good."
Arkansas defensive tackle pledge Ke'Tyrus Marks (6-2, 265) – who committed to the Razorbacks on Sunday - has gone up against Kirkland in camps and all-star games.
"I know Kirkland because I played in two all-star games that he was in," Marks said. "I know him from Miami camps and stuff like that. He is a big dude. You got to get off before he does because if he gets his hands on you it is all over."
Arkansas is in a final five for Kirkland that also includes Ole Miss, Florida State, South Florida and Miami.
He will make his announcement on ESPN on the national signing date on Feb. 6.
"I still don't know who is going to be my top one," Kirkland said. "I still got my top five, but I don't know who I am going to pick yet. It is just a hard decision."
He also likes the facilities that Arkansas has now and those that will be finished in the summer of 2013.
"They have a good weight room to work out in and the Indoor Facility," Kirkland added. "Any time it rains, you can go in and practice. You just don't stop practicing."
Kirkland's position coach if he becomes a Razorback will be Sam Pittman.
"He is a cool coach, a fun dude and funny," Kirkland said. "You will just love to be around him. You'll love him as a coach."
It was actually Arkansas linebacker coach Randy Shannon who got the ball rolling with Kirkland.
"Me and Shannon are cool," Kirkland said. "It is always going to be a great feeling between us…We have just taken our relationship to another level."
Massive Monster: Denver Kirkland
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