Fort Smith Northside junior defensive end Daytrion Dean has already had a big week, but he really wants to top it off with a huge Friday night against his school's arch-rival.
Dean (6-3, 245) was offered a scholarship by Arkansas earlier this week and while they excited him greatly he quickly turned his attention to Northside's upcoming game against Fort Smith Southside.
"To get into the playoffs we have to beat Southside by 12 points," Dean said. "That's the biggest thing on my mind right now. I don't want our season to end."
Dean now has offers from Arkansas and Ole Miss, which he got this spring, and is one of six in-state 2015 prospects that the Razorbacks have offered.
He got his one from Arkansas last weekend after he was invited up to a game by assistant Barry Lunney at the behest of Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.
"Coach Lunney called my coach and then I called him and he said they really liked what they saw from me on the field and wanted me to come up and see last Saturday's game against Auburn," Dean said. "So that's what we did.
"I got a chance to talk to Coach Lunney and (defensive line) Coach (Charlie) Partridge before the game and Coach Bielema afterwards for about 20 or 30 minutes," Dean said. "He asked me about my grades and my SAT and stuff like that and told me that I was the kind of football player they wanted to build the program with."
Dean, who has added 20 pounds since being at the one of the Razorbacks summer football camps, had an offer from Arkansas soon afterwards.
"I have always loved the Razorbacks so it is very exciting to get the offer," Dean said. "It makes me want to just keep working harder every day to be the best player I can be. Coach Bielema told me that from what he saw of me in camp and on film that he thinks I can be a great football player for Arkansas."
Dean is also getting interest from "10-15 other schools" including Mississippi State, Nebraska, Auburn, Memphis and Auburn.
"I think the best thing that I do out on the football field is that I am a run stopper," Dean said. "I do need to get better off the edge with my pass rush and get better with my speed, even though I think I am pretty fast for my size. I want to improve on getting to the quarterback."
Dean, who has 43 tackles and three sacks this season, has a big fan in Northside head coach Mike Falleur.
"He is a great young man, a great players with great character, but really his best football is ahead of him.He just turned 16 so he is young for his class," Falleur said. "He's got all the upside in the world. He hustles and really works hard."
The other 2015 in-state prospects that Arkansas has offered are Charleston quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 222), Conway offensive lineman Colton Jackson (6-6, 290), Junction City defensive end Jamario Bell (6-6, 230), Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg (6-4, 245) and North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill (6-1, 180).
Storey, Jackson and Bell have all already committed to the Razorbacks.
Arkansas has also offered a pair of 2016 in-state prospects in Star City defensive end Austin Capps (6-4, 298) and Jonesboro sophomore tailback Denzel Mitchell (6-0, 200), who was offered earlier this week by the program.
The Razorbacks should hear on Friday from one of their top 2014 targets as Derby, Kan., tight end DeAndre Goolsby announces a decision between Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida and Kansas State.
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