Dimitri Orr decided to let everyone know what he has known for some time now – he is committed to Arkansas.
The Oxford, Ala., senior defensive end told Razorback coaches he was committed in July but remained silent until making the commitment public Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound defender said he is a "soft verbal" but wanted to make a decision before his football season begins.
"I just like the environment at Arkansas," said Orr, who has also been recruited by Auburn, Alabama, Vanderbilt and UAB. "It's got that down-home feeling like home. I was looking forward to getting it out of the way so I can enjoy my senior year and be a typical senior."
As a junior, Orr recorded 102 tackles and eight sacks in earning all-county and all-area honors. Also a varsity basketball player since his eighth grade year, Orr averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds last season.
That athleticism has Arkansas linebackers coach Reggie Johnson – Orr's lead recruiter – talking about a move to outside linebacker in college.
"In high school I play a little bit of linebacker but I haven't really started much," Orr said. "I played free safety until ninth grade. It'll be a new task but I've played different positions before.
"They've got great coaching. I like Coach Johnson a lot and I respect him a lot. I feel like I can do a lot to help the program."
While having only spoke with Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino once over the phone, Orr said he probably knows the coach better than some other recruits.
"I've been following his career a lot," Orr said. "I'm a big Atlanta Falcons fan and even though we had a bad season when he was here, he seems like somebody I can respect."
Orr is a friend of fellow Arkansas 2010 commitment Jeremiah Jackson of Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala. He said the two roomed together at a defensive lineman camp recently.
"It'll help a lot with him also coming up from Alabama," Orr said. "We know a lot of the same things and we'll get to come in and learn together."
Orr to Arkansas
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