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Dallas Carter could be handing over a pair of football standouts to Arkansas with wideout Allen Gardner (6-6, 200) saying he is already a Razorback and offensive lineman DeMarcus Love (6-3, 265) saying he may be by Wednesday.

One Dallas Carter standout says he is coming to Arkansas and another says he'll announce Wednesday whether he will or not.

Dallas Carter tight end/wideout Allen Gardner (6-6, 200) said Sunday that he has pledged to be a Razorback while teammate and offensive lineman DeMarcus Love (6-3, 265) says he will let everyone know Wednesday if he will follow the same college path.

"Arkansas is going to get a Dallas Carter duo," Gardner said. "Arkansas was more than I could have ever imagined. I am a solid verbal committment to Arkansas."

Officially Love says he is down to Arkansas and Kansas after also visiting Arizona and Kansas State.

"I had a great visit to Arkansas," Love said. "They have great coaches and great facilities and I was just very impressed by it all."

Love has now visited Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas and Kansas State.

"I am going to announce my decision on Wednesday and I am down to just Arkansas and Kansas," Love said. "Arkansas stands pretty high with me. I almost committed while I was at Arkansas this weekend, but decided I would come home and settle down from the visit, sleep on it a couple of days and make sure that is what I want to do."

Love is not looking for some big publicity deal on Wednesday when he makes his announcement.

"I'm not really into that stuff," Love said. "I'll just call the coaches and let them know."

Gardner says he will publicly announce his decision on Tuesday, but he wanted to go ahead and share it with Arkansas recruiting writers.

"It's going to be in the paper down there in the morning and don't mind at all if you go ahead and tell all the Razorback fans," Gardner said. "That is who I want to be playing for the next several years."

He had 12 catches this past season for over 300 yards with six going for touchdowns and the other six for first downs in an offense that ran the ball six times to every once it passed.

"He is a big, good-looking kid with a lot of speed who I think will be a fantastic receiver on the college level," Dallas Carter head coach Allen Wilson said. "He is just going to get stronger. If we had passed the ball more there is no telling how many catches he would have had."

Gardner acknowledged that he also had offers from Kansas and Kansas State as well as UTEP, Texas State and Abilene Christian with Michigan State showing early interest but dropping off late.

"But my visit to Arkansas was just great, just great and none of the other schools compare when you are talking about the facilities and the coaches and the fans," Gardner said. "I told (UA assistant) Coach (Bobby) Allen Saturday night while we were at dinner that I couldn't see myself any place else now."

Gardner's host was wideout and fellow Texan Reggie Fish, who is about a foot shorter than the Dallas Carter star.

"I really liked hanging out with Reggie Fish," Gardner said. "He is a cool little guy that showed me a lot about Fayetteville and the school. I also got to hang out with Marcus Monk, who I think I am a lot like."

The commitment to Arkansas was just part of a day of celebration for him according to Gardner.

"It's my mom's 48th birthday today," Gardner said. "She says committing to Arkansas is about as great a present as I could give her."


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