Posted: 2:47 pm Sunday, January 27th, 2013
By Jeff Greer
Ke’Tyrus Marks remembered.
He remembered all the coaches who skipped past his highlight tape, all the schools that passed him by. But one coach always paid attention to Marks, a defensive tackle at Suncoast, and that persistence paid off on Sunday.
Arkansas secured a verbal pledge from Marks, who visited the Fayetteville, Ark., campus this weekend, and new head coach Bret Bielema can thank defensive line coach Charlie Partridge for it.
Partridge was the first BCS conference coach to seriously pursue Marks, though at the time Partridge worked for Wisconsin and Wisconsin didn’t have any more room for defensive linemen in its 2013 class. But they stayed in touch, and the moment Partridge followed Bielema to Arkansas, he called Marks (6-2, 280, No. 44 on the Big Board) again.
Arkansas had room for him.
That was all it took for Marks, who finally received a scholarship offer from Arkansas after the new year. The Razorbacks became the immediate favorite for Marks, and that never wavered, even after Wake Forest and well-known recruiting coordinator Ray McCartney entered the picture and offered Marks last week.
In Marks Arkansas snagged an under-the-radar but productive defensive lineman. He broke the single-season sacks record at Suncoast this past fall, despite his team’s difficult season. At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, he’ll play a key role in beefing up Arkansas’ lines after a 4-8 season in 2012.