The University of Arkansas' 2011 recruiting class just keeps getting bigger and better - literally and figuratively.
Bentonville offensive lineman Marcus Danenhauer (6-5, 318) announced publicly that he had committed to the Razorbacks in the past couple of days and becomes the eighth commit in the class and the second OL in as many days to choose the home state school.
"The reason I chose Arkansas was the coaches and the staff - and the facilities are just great," Danenhauer said. "It is close to home and I grew up a fan so it is just the right fit for me.
"I just see no reason to wait when I know where I really want to go," Danenhauer added.
While the Razorbacks were his only offer to date, several schools had stopped by to see him during spring practice and Tigers head coach Barry Lunney said some more offers were about to arrive.
Schools that had been in to see him and thought to be on the verge of offering are Ole Miss, North Carolina, Kansas, Kansas State and Tulsa, where his brother played.
"Obviously his physical size is impressive and that's one of those things that we say you can't coach," Lunney said. "He is such a young kid, but so physically mature for his age at 6-foot-5, 318 pounds and he really is still developing physically.
"I know the Arkansas coaches see a guy that has so much upside, but that is not to diminish his ability right now," Lunney added. "He has come a long way in 12 months and is a big-time prospect."
The Razorbacks got a commit Tuesday from Springdale offensive lineman Mitch Smothers (6-5, 290) and hopes for good news from Springdale Har-Ber standout Brey Cook (6-7, 310) in the very near future.
"Obviously there is great competition and great offensive linemen up here in Northwest Arkansas," Danenhauer said. "Brey Cook is a great player and so is Mitch. It would be a lot of fun to play with those guys on the next level and I hope Brey comes to Arkansas and joins us."
Lunney said that Danenhauer is blessed to come from a football family. His grandfather played in the NFL and his dad, uncle and brother all played college football.
"He really has great intellect and a knowledge of the game that just comes from being part of a football family," Lunney said. "There's just something about being in one of those that allows you a better understanding of the game."
Danenhauer will become the third offfensive linemen from Bentonville to sign a Division I scholarship.
Chase Petersen signed with Louisville and Jon Mark Holden with UCA back in February.
Bentonville tailback Courtney Haskell has signed with Garden County (KN) Community College.
"It's a very, very exciting time for all those young men," Lunney said. "It doesn't happen to a lot of guys and we just feel very fortunate to have coached those young men."
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