Dandy Dozenth

Fort Gibson, Okla., linebacker Courtney Gaston committed to Arkansas Tuesday night, giving the Razorbacks 12 commitments for the 2010 class.

Arkansas' football program picked up its 12th commitment of the 2010 class Tuesday night in Fort Gibson, Okla., linebacker Courtney Gaston.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder chose the Razorbacks after taking two unofficial trips to the Fayetteville campus since July, including Arkansas' home date with Georgia on Sept. 19. He had other scholarship offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech Texas Tech and Tulsa.

"I like Arkansas because it's so close to home," Gaston said. "I have family support in Arkansas and Oklahoma, so it wouldn't be like a major discomfort for me."

The family Gaston refers to is his lead recruiter, Razorback quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee. But the two didn't always know they had ties beyond their Oklahoma roots.

"I didn't know anything about him until he and my mom talked on the phone a little bit and found out we're related," Gaston said. "It was pretty surprising, but also kind of a relief to know that since we're related he won't lie to me.

"I've been talking to him a lot to get to know the program and get the feel of a lot of stuff. I've been enjoying myself and getting a feel for the coaches. I like Coach (Bobby) Petrino a lot; he seems like a really hard coach. The rest of the staff looks pretty good and it feels great being there."

Gaston recorded 111 tackles as a junior and has been a catalyst in the Tigers' 4-0 start in 2009, having recorded more than 40 tackles on the year and added a 9-yard touchdown catch in his team's 40-7 win over Tulsa Webster Friday night.

"This year is a lot different than last year," said Gaston, whose team went 2-8 in 2008. "Everybody on the team has a want-to and wants to play. Everything else has fallen into place. I'm really enjoying my senior year."

Gaston is the third linebacker Arkansas has committed in the 2010 class along with Chris Smith of Mount Ullah, N.C., and Dimitri Orr of Oxford, Ala.

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