If there is one area that the University of Arkansas needs to shore up with its 2010 recruiting class, it's by adding a few big-time defensive tackles.
That got started Tuesday night when Monroe (LA) Richwood standout LaCraig Brown (6-4, 270, 4.9) publicly announced he had chosen the Razorbacks over Alabama and became the 10th verbal pledge of the class.
"I just gave my official verbal commitment to Arkansas," Brown said Tuesday night.
The addition of Brown, the possibility of getting Junction City defensive tackle Byran Jones (6-2, 310) and contining to work on flipping Oklahoma prep star Calvin Barnett from Oklahoma State would have Razorback defensive tackle coach Bobby Allen with a perpetual smile on his face.
"I love Coach Allen and all of those other coaches up at Arkansas," Brown said on Tuesday. "I just can't say enough about how smart they are and where I think they are going to take the program."
Brown was on hand for Arkansas' One-Day camp back in July, but did not participate.
It did give him an excellent chance to look over what the Fayetteville campus had to offer.
"The way I feel about Arkansas is they make me feel part of the family already," Brown said Tuesday afternoon. "I just felt real comfortable on my visit up there. I can see how excited about they are about their program, how committed they are to academics and I just feel right at home."
Brown, who had 8 sacks among his 58 tackles last season, also visited Alabama and TCU this summer as well.
He got his decision down to that trio schools before making it on Monday and informing the coaching staff he will play for in college.
"I felt real good about my visits to those three schools and that's why they ended up being the final three," Brown said. "But the school I chose I just felt the most comfortable at and feel like it will not only have a great football program, but will do the most for me when it comes to getting a great education."
Brown certainly is confident in his ability on the field.
"My strength is that I am strong and can just overpower people on the field and basically just do what I want," Brown said. "The one thing I have really been trying to work on is coming off the ball lower."
Jones – who actually lives seven miles into Louisiana - and his fellow Dragons will get their season started Thursday night when they play Fountain Lake.
He is coming off a phenomenal junior season in which he had over 100 tackles, whopping 15 sacks and a 14-0 mark and Class 2A state title.
Jones recently stated that Arkansas was his leader among a group that has offered including Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Baylor Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe.
"Arkansas has the best facilities," Jones told Scout.com. "Everything there is real nice and clean and new. They also have good coaches and are pretty down-to-earth. I really like (running back coach/recruiting coordinator) Tim Horton. We have a real good relationship. All the coaches seem to have good relationships with the players and they talk to them a lot and are involved with them."
Barnett was thought to be a lean to Arkansas along with fellow Tulsa Booker T. Washington standout Eric Bennett before up and committing to Oklahoma State on Aug. 19.
The flipping of Barnett may not be easy unless a higher power gets back involved.
"I think it was a sign from God, telling me to do it," Barnett, who attended camps this summer at both OSU and Arkansas, told Scout.com. "I visited Oklahoma State three times. I had a lot of one-on-one time with (Cowboys head coach) Mike Gundy."
Hiis mother, April Allen is pleased with his decision.
"I'm excited," said April Allen. "I've been praying for Calvin to end up at OSU. It will be great to have him close to home because I wanted to go to everyone of his games, and wanted to be involved in his career. This is the best thing that could have happened. I'm so happy."
DT Brown picks Arkansas over Alabama
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