FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' late success in South Florida continued Wednesday morning, when Miami Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Denver Kirkland selected the Razorbacks.
The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Kirkland announced his decision during ESPNU's national signing day television show. Kirkland chose Arkansas over Miami and Florida State.
Kirkland is rated as a four-star prospect on a five-star scale by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.
"When I went to Arkansas I expected a lot of things to be unexpected," Kirkland told ESPNU about his visit to Arkansas. "It was a good time up there. It felt like family up there."
The big lineman became the fourth player from South Florida to make a verbal commitment to the Razorbacks, who are working to open a pipeline to the area. Linebackers coach Randy Shannon and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge - who are Florida natives - have been recruiting the state since their arrival at Arkansas. Kirkland became the second highly-rated prospect from the area to choose the Hogs this week, joining five-star running back Alex Collins.
Collins has not yet faxed his letter of intent to Arkansas. But Kirkland, Miami Northwestern safety De'Andre Coley and Suncoast (Fla.) defensive tackle Ke'Tyrus Marks have officially signed with the Razorbacks this morning.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau