At defensive end, the Razorbacks added in-state signee Tevin Beanum. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Forrest City native recorded 76 tackles and 3.5 sacks his senior season.
"The first thing that sticks out is his stature is what you hope a defensive end would have," Arkansas defensive line coach Partridge said. "But the thing that exploded to me was his 30 on the ACT. It's not very often you make that sort of statement in a press conference, but he's extremely intelligent and very driven. He's very worldly for his age with a military background. His father was in the military and he's lived in New York and Germany, so he's got a lot of maturity and he brings a lot, so I'm excited about what he brings."
"The last guy I recruited out of Suncoast was a guy by the name of Devin Hester. KT is not as fast, but hopefully is just as good of a football player," Bielema said of Marks. "He is very gifted and very powerful. He has an ability to use his hands and flip his hips, then use his speed to get up the field."
By adding only two defensive linemen, Arkansas was able to fill other needs, like those on the offensive line, in the secondary and at linebacker this year. Bielema said he credits that to the unit's returning players.
"We are really strong on defensive line for next year," he said. "We kind of set the foundation for next year's recruiting class. We got a core group there we can build around. Hopefully in the years to come, this is just the start of what could be something really special."
On National Signing Day 2012, Arkansas signed four defensive ends and a defensive tackle and the Razorbacks' new positional coach is pleased with the chance to inherit those players.
"From what I have seen on film, I see a lot of potential," Partridge said. "I'm very excited about some of the young defensive linemen. Darius Philon jumps out to me as young, raw talent. Jamichael Winston is another young freshman we're excited about."
Though Arkansas' 2012 season was full of disappointment, the defensive line was one of the Razorbacks' brighter points. In a 24-7 win over Auburn, Arkansas totaled eight sacks against the Tigers, led by Trey Flowers' 3.5 sacks.
In another win, defensive end Chris Smith came up with a late forced fumble that defensive tackle Byran Jones recovered to seal the deal as the Razorbacks beat Tulsa 19-15.
"We're very excited about the four guys returning that started last season," Partridge said. "Obviously the depth chart is very fluid, but Chris Smith and Trey Flowers are productive and there are some attributes that can help them fit into our system and help them continue to be productive. We're excited about what the tackles bring to the table as well and what Coach Herbert can do with them."