Posted: 9:44 am Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Suncoast DT Ke’Tyrus Marks makes Arkansas his official destination 

By Jeff Greer

Ke’Tyrus Marks didn’t mess around with signing day. Once he told Arkansas he was committed, that was it.

On Wednesday, Marks faxed his signed national letter of intent to the Razorbacks, becoming the first Palm Beach County kid in recent years to ink with Arkansas. He admitted he cried Wednesday morning thinking about signing a BCS scholarship.

“As Steve Young would say, it took the monkey off my back,” Marks said. “I told my dad when I was 5 I wanted to play in the SEC.”

Arkansas came into the picture late in the recruiting cycle, but assistant coach Charlie Partridge’s due diligence helped snag Marks despite late charges from FIU, UMass and Wake Forest. Former Atlantic defensive line coach Kelcey Brooks, who now runs Hidden Gems recruiting service, said Arkansas was rewarded for being the first school to “wise up” and chase Marks.

“They’re going to use me as a 3-technique,” said Marks, who set a single-season record for sacks at Suncoast, with 19. “They like my first step, they like the way I get off the ball.”

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema told Marks (6-2, 280) he could redshirt his first year on campus, but the Razorbacks may need him to be available to play right away.

“He’s not sure if he can (redshirt Marks),” said Marks. “If they don’t, I’ll just jump in the water without knowing how to swim.”