Razorbacks Reel In Ryles

Word of the University of Arkansas' first commitment after its Elite Camp and the 12th overall in the 2011 recruiting class comes from Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips safety Roderick Ryles (6-1, 187).

Make it a dozen commits in the 2011 recruiting class for the University of Arkansas, but it is not likely to stay at that number very long.

Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips safety Roderick Ryles (6-1, 187) confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel via text Sunday night that he had committed to the Razorbacks.

Ryles, who attended Arkansas' Elite Camp on Saturday along with teammate and safety/linebacker prospect LaQuentin Smith (6-1, 229), said that he plans to make it official when he talks to Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino on Monday.

"I committed," Ryles said via text message late Sunday night. "Yeah, I thought I might (commit) because of the coaching staff,. The coaching staff is cool. They let you know how it is without sugar coating (anything)."

Smith could jump on the board fairly quickly himself per the young man.

"I am down to three right now – my top three is Arkansas, South Carolina and USF (South Florida)," Smith said. "(It's a) possibility (he would commit), but we have got to see how the week goes."

Ryles, who said he has offers from Arkansas, South Florida, Michigan State, Utah and Colorado State, said Saturday that he was impressed with the Fayetteville school and area.

"I like everything," Ryles said. "From the facilities to the restaurants."

That list also includes Razorback graduate assistant Marty Biagi.

"Coach Biagi," Ryles said. "He makes sure we've got this and is making sure we get up here."

Petrino's reputation is also a factor per Ryles, who weighed in at 187 on Saturday.

"The SEC and Bobby Petrino," Ryles said. "He coached in the NFL and has turned things around (at Arkansas)."

Ryles had 7 interceptions last season and 84 tackles.

"We call him Mr. INT because everything they throw up, he goes and gets," Smith said. "The only thing I have to worry about is the run."

Ryles said that indeed his ability to grab interceptions serves him well.

"(My strengths) are staying in my coverage and breaking on the ball," Ryles said.

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