Arkansas lands Nathan Dick

Allen (Texas) quarterback Nathan Dick (6-4, 205, 4.7), who threw for over 3,600 yards this season with 23 touchdowns and just three picks in 402 passing attempts, joins Beaumont West Brook quarterback Joe Chaisson (6-3, 180, 4.6) and Georgia prep defensive tackle Patrick Jones (6-2, 290, 4.78) in committing to the Razorbacks on Sunday.

Less than a week after it found out the most highly-celebrated quarterback recruit ever from the state of Arkansas would be going somewhere else to finish his college career, the Razorbacks begin to replenish on Sunday with two replacements from Texas.

Allen standout Nathan Dick (6-4, 205) – the brother of UA starter Casey Dick – and Beaumont West Brook star Joe Chaisson (6-3, 180, 4.6) joined Lovejoy (Ga.) defensive tackle Patrick Jones (6-2, 290, 4.78) all gave verbal pledges to the University of Arkansas.

Dick, who was 2612-of-402 passing for 3,622 yards and 23 touchdowns with just three interceptions this season, was the last of three to come on board when he did so on Sunday night.

""I have been up to Arkansas 3 or 4 times this year for games this year and have just loved everything about it, including the things that there are to do off the field in Fayetteville," Dick said. "I think they have a great football program, a great chance for success and being up there at the same time with my brother was a big factor as well.

"When I told my brother back in the summer that I really wanted to go to Arkansas, he said I would love it up there and he would really like to see it happen," Dick said. "I am just glad it all worked out."

The three commitments moved Arkansas' total for the 2007 recruiting class to 22.

In a ironic twist of fate, Nathan Dick is coming to Arkansas because Todd Graham left as the head coach at Rice – where Dick committed last summer - to take over the job at Tulsa.

Graham then hired UA offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as his co-offensive coordinator and assistant head coach last Sunday night and Mitch Mustain – Malzahn's record-setting quarterback at Springdale - asked for his release the next day.

All that cleared the path for the younger Allen quarterback, who also considered Rice, Tulsa, Houston and had plans to go to Louisville next weekend for a visit, to become a Razorback.

"If I had gotten an offer back during the summer from Arkansas and the situation was the same as it was now, I would have committed there and never ended up committing to Rice in the first place," Dick said. "But I understood what was happening and with Mitch and Coach Malzahn up there, it was just going to be a tough situation for all that to happen."

Steve Dick, the father of Casey and Nathan, said he was happy with the way things were working out.

"They both wanted it this way from the very beginning and I wish it could have been worked out before it got so late, but circumstances just kept it from happening," Steve Dick noted.

"They enjoy playing together and are a lot closer than Mary Ellen and I thought they were," Steve Dick said. "They think they learn a lot from being together and they are both really excited about this."

Casey has been texting and calling Nathan – who played three games at the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium this season - recently in hopes he would sign with Arkansas.

"When I told my brother back in the summer that I really wanted to go to Arkansas, he said I would love it up there and he would really like to see it happen," Dick said. "I am just glad it all worked out."

Dick, who threw for 464 yards in a game against Rockwall in which his team trailed 26-0 but won 48-47, did not throw an interception during his team's first 12 games of a season of a 11-2 season.

"I feel that my strengths are the decisions I make on the football fields and accuracy with which I throw the ball," Dick said. "What I want to do is get a little stronger and faster."

Nathan Dick knows the opportunity to play is obviously available with Casey Dick being the only scholarship quarterback on the roster right now and walk ons Nathan Emert and Clark Erwin the only other signal; callers available to go through spring practice.

Sophomore Nathan was senior Casey's back-up in 2004 playing and normally saw action on the third series of the game.

"They have told me there is a great chance for me to come in and compete for the second team spot and quarterback and they are going to sign Chaisson as well and just let us all compete," Dick said. "My brother and I are really looking forward to both competing and helping each other once again."

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Chaisson proudly announced his commitment to Arkansas by changing the welcoming message on his cell phone to the Razorback fight song.

"I thought the visit was just amazing and there is a wonderful opportunity for me at Arkansas to grow as a player and a person," Chaisson said. "They said there is a wonderful opportunity up there for me in the future and I thought that (the fight song) was just a great way to let everybody know that I am proud to be an Arkansas Razorback."

Chaisson passed for 5,435 and 49 touchdowns during his high school career and rushed for 2,545 yards and another 42 scores.

"I think my strength is I have a very accurate arm and I am able to use my feet to keep a play alive," Chaisson said. "I need to add some strength, but feel real good about most parts of my game."

Chaisson had offers from Tennessee and LSU back in the summer, but those schools moved on after getting commitments from other signal callers.

In addition to Arkansas – which offered this weekend on his visit – Chaisson had offers from Missouri, Iowa State, Indiana, Baylor and UTEP.

"Some people might say I messed up by not taking the offers (from Tennessee) and LSU early, but I feel like I wanted to take my time and make sure of things and now everything has worked out for me," Chaisson said. "I think I was supposed to be a Razorback all along."

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Jones has not been to the University of Arkansas campus yet and will be in Fayetteville on official visit next weekend.

But with spots dwindling at Arkansas, he decide to grab a spot before they were all taken.

He chose Arkansas over Mississippi State, Kentucky, Troy and Western Michigan while Auburn had recently been in contact.


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