Arkansas Feels the Love at No. 18

The University of Arkansas racks up its 18th commitment on Tuesday night when Dallas Carter offensive lineman DeMarcus Love (6-3, 265) chooses the Razorbacks over Kansas, Kansas State, Arizona and UTEP and joins teammate Allen Gardner (6-6, 200) as verbal pledges to the UA.

The Razorbacks are feeling a lot of Love from Dallas Carter the last few days.

Just about 48 hours after Dallas Carter athlete Allen Gardner (6-6, 200) committed to the University of Arkansas, offensive lineman and teammate Demarcus Love (6-3, 265) joined the party as well.

Love, who chose the Razorbacks over Kansas, Kansas State and Arizona and UTEP, pledged to Arkansas on Tuesday when he got a call from UA assistant Bobby Allen, who was scheduled to be in Dallas Wednesday for a home visit.

"I got up there and the coaches were real fired up about me and the program and I thought they might be fronting, but I talked to their players and they said they are just real passionate about the program and the players," Love said. "They just had more energy and put forth more effort than the other staffs and I decided I couldn't go wrong with that."

Arkansas was the last of the five schools that Love visited and he figures he was saving the best for last.

"Their facilities were certainly the best of the five schools by far overall," Love said. "Put the coaches, the facilities, the fans and playing in the SEC together and it really wasn't that hard of a decision to make."

Gardner actually committed before he left Fayetteville this past weekend.

"I told him to calm down and let's just go home and talk about this, even though I told him that I was planning to come to Arkansas, too," Love said. "But he was so fired up and said he had to just go ahead and tell them."

Gardner, who was a tight end for Carter but could be used a variety of ways by Arkansas, will be nice to have around according to Love.

"Yes, it's going to be fun to have two Carter guys up there, but I can say that even if Tony - who I thought would go to Arkansas or Kansas, too - didn't pick Arkansas, that's where I was going to go."

Love, who will likely start out at guard, sized up his strengths and weaknesses right after his commitment.

"My biggest strength is how I am very good at pulling and getting out and getting a body on a guy to let the running backs run to daylight," Love said. "I am pretty strong in my upper body, but need to put on some strength in my lower body. I'll get up there and redshirt and attack that big weight room up there."

Love met with several of the other recruits who were on campus last weekend, including Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain.

"The kind of class we look like we are going to have makes me think things are going to be very bright for us in the SEC," Love said. "They are getting great players all over the place."

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