Dallas A. Maceo Smith standout Jatashun Beachum was already of the mind that he was going to be a Razorback.
His trip to see the University of Arkansas rout No. 17 Auburn 44-23 on Saturday just sealed the deal and the 6-2, 280-pound athlete with 4.75 speed went ahead and verbally committed to the Razorbacks on Sunday night.
"The trip went great and I really enjoyed being up there," Beachum said. "It really was a great atmosphere, I really felt the players and coaches and the fact that they won the game just made it that much better. So I was ready to just go ahead and commit."
Beachum – whose nickname is Big Tex and actually plays quarterback in high school - will get a shot at running back at Arkansas, but is also regarded as one of the nation's best defensive tackles.
He becomes the UA's 13th commit of the 2010 class and chose, the Razorbacks over a host of other offers, including Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Baylor and Iowa State.
Some of them saw him as a back, some as a defensive tackle, one as a tight end and others as just a jumbo athlete they could find a spot for on the basis of need.
"I really got to down to Arkansas, Tennessee and Utah," said Beachum, whose mom is a graduate of Little Rock Central and a big Razorback fan. "But Arkansas is the place for me."
He knew that for sure after visiting with Arkansas assistant coach Garrick McGee – his chief recruiter – and Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino.
"They are just a couple of great guys and great coaches," Beachum said. "They made me feel right at home."
Beachum attended the game Saturday with two teammates – running back Robert Marshall and offensive lineman Keith English.
"They both loved it and said if they got offers from Arkansas, they would commit right away," Beachum said. "We all just thought it was great."
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