Katy (Texas) tailback Aundre Dean had been to Arkansas before, but had never been to Fayetteville before this weekend.
That's when Dean (6-1, 205, 4.4) and 10 other recruits took official visits to the University of Arkansas with new Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino.
"They have a really great coaching staff and that is what makes Arkansas very attractive to me," Dean said. "You can tell it is a staff that is really into football, but also creates an atmosphere of family."
Dean, who rushed for right at 2,500 yards and 26 yards for a 16-0 state championship team, is regarded as the sixth-best running back nationally in the 2008 class per Scout.com.
"It was a real nice school with a little different type environment," Dean said. "There doesn't seem like there is a lot of stuff to do and kind of seems far away from everything. The airport is kind of small and there aren't a lot of flights going out.
"I think it is one of those deals that you really want to come here for the school and football more than stuff to do," Dean said.
Dean has been chatting lately with Arkansas star tailback Darren McFadden, who along with fellow Razorback junior Felix Jones has declared for the NFL draft.
"I was talking throughout the weekend with him," Dean said. "He is in Dallas working out for the draft. He told me that I needed to do what was right for me, but that Arkansas is a great school and the playing time is right there for me and ready to go."
Dean, whose mom was born in El Dorado and attended the University of Arkansas, has committed to both Texas A&M and UCLA at different times over the last year.
He had already taken official visits to Texas A&M and Louisville before coming to Arkansas and may take as many as two more.
"I am going to UCLA next weekend and possibly Texas that last week," Dean said. "I think I may take all five of my official visits."
Dean was asked to assess the race for his signature.
"Arkansas is just as good as any other school I have been to," Dean said. "I'll just take the visits and then make a decision."
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