Dunne Deal To Arkansas

Arkansas landed a big one Friday when Dallas Bishop Dunne four-star offensive lineman Jovan Pruitt (6-6, 295) chose the Razorbacks over Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas and others.

It's now a Dunne Deal to Arkansas.

Highly-regarded Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne offensive lineman Jovan Pruitt (6-6,. 295) committed to the Razorbacks on Friday while on an unofficial visit with teammate Payton Hendrix (6-3, 190), a safety and fellow Arkansas recruiting target.

Pruitt confirmed his pledge – the Razorbacks' eighth of the 2014 class and third this week – via twitter after talking about his decision with Hawgs Illustrated earlier in the day.

Scout.com has Pruitt ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 18 offensive tackle in the country.

"Everything is just flowing," Pruitt said. "I really love these coaches and players here and they have great facilities. It's just a great program."

Pruitt has 18 offers and chose Arkansas over offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor among others.

This was second unofficial visit to Arkansas for both Pruitt and Hendrix, a three-star prospect per Scout.com who notes his teammate is working on him hard to commit to the Razorbacks as well.

"We talk about it every day," Hendrix said. "He'll say something like you need to come with me to Arkansas. It certainly is a possibility."

Hendrix has offers from Arkansas, Stanford, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, North Carolina and Iowa as well as several others.

"I plan on getting it down to a top five very soon," Hendrix said. "Then we'll see where it goes from there."

Pruitt talked about how much he liked new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema after his first visit.

"He is a coach that keeps it real," Pruitt said. "He is a pretty funny guy, but you can tell he knows what he is doing and he has a plan in place to get Arkansas back to where it was in the SEC and even higher. One thing I love about him is that he treats all the players the same and how he and his coaches have an open door policy.

"I mean there are a lot of head coaches and the players barely get to see them unless they are on the field," Pruitt added. "The players here talk about how not only is his door open all the time for them, but that he encourages them to stop by. The players here really trust him. I really like that."

Pruitt knows that Bielema put offensive lineman after offensive lineman in the NFL when he was head coach at Wisconsin before taking the job at Arkansas last December.

"He obviously knows what he is doing when it comes to putting guys in the NFL," Pruitt said. "He made it clear how much they want me, how much they need and how if I came to Arkansas and worked hard that I would be one of those guys going to the NFL one day, too. That was very cool to hear."

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