Daytrieon Dean gave himself an early birthday present on Saturday.
The 6-3, 260-pound Fort Smith defensive lineman had previously planned to wait until his birthday on June 30th to announce his decision.
But after taking an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Saturday as did a dozen or so prospects on Junior Day, he saw no need in waiting.
"I am committed to Arkansas and I feel great about it," Dean said. "I was going to wait until my birthday, but it feels like home, I love the Razorbacks and I want to be a part of what they are building.
"My mom gave ne the go-ahead to commit so there was no reason to wait," Dean said. "I love everything about Arkansas."
Dean chose Arkansas over other offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas State and interest from both Auburn and Alabama.
He had 50 tackles this season with six sacks and one other tackle for lost yardage.
Dean met with Arkansas new defensive line coach Rory Segrest and talked about how he would be used.
"He sees me as a defensive end, but notes that he likes to move his quicker guys down in to defensive tackle and bring some more rush guys in on third down or obvious passing situations," Dean said. "That's got me excited.
"He's a really great guy and really knows what he is doing," Dean said. "Arkansas really made a great hire with Coach Segrest."
Dean Commits To Arkansas
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