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Weekend Recap: Arkansas lands three

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Entering the weekend, Arkansas didn't fully know which players were coming for official visits.
Exiting the weekend, the Hogs have secured the verbal commitments of three players who were in on the last weekend before National Signing Day.
Coach Bret Bielema is closing strong. He got Osceola (Ark.) three-star safety Korliss Marshall to commit, Bellaire (Texas) running back Denzell Evans flipped from Houston, and Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff athlete Melvinson Hartfield de-committed from Kansas State and joined the Razorbacks class.
Hartfield and Marshall can play multiple positions, and Arkansas offering them at their preferred positions was a deciding factor.
Hartfield primarily has been defense-minded, but Arkansas will use him on offense.
"I can do everything," Hartfield said. "Whatever the coach wants me to do, I can play receiver, cornerback, safety, return man. (Arkansas) likes me as an athlete, but they're going to use me as a receiver."
Marshall will go to the other side of the ball, as well. Primarily a running back in high school, he will initially move to safety.
"I'm familiar with the corner, the free safety and the strong safety positions, so I don't really see too much of a problem with it," he said. "With me being a running back for the majority of my life, it's my time to beat up on some people myself.
"If they ask me to carry the ball, I'm going to carry the ball, no doubt. But I'm just going to focus on hitting people now."
Here is a compilation of other official visit reports from across the country.
Official Visit Update: Feb. 3
ALABAMA: TideSports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.In a major move this weekend, Alabama has secured five-star defensive lineman A'Shawn RobinsonClick Here to view this Link. of Fort Worth (Texas) Arlington Heights. Reports from Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell indicate that Robinson told TexasClick Here to view this Link. coaches on Saturday that he had decided on Alabama. Five-star Eddie VanderdoesClick Here to view this Link. was on campus this weekend but was a decided long shot for Alabama, and securing Robinson was a massive addition.
MORE: Nuggets on the board
AUBURN: AuburnSports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.After breaking his commitment to Mississippi StateClick Here to view this Link., four-star offensive lineman Deon MixClick Here to view this Link. was on the Plains this weekend and said it gave him a lot to think about. Mix is 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, which is likely going to have him lining up at guard or center for Auburn if he chooses to join the program. Mix said Mississippi State is still his leader entering National Signing Day, but Auburn, GeorgiaClick Here to view this Link. and Ole MissClick Here to view this Link. are in the running.
MORE: Open-minded Mix
FLORIDA: InsidetheGators.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.Four-star receiver James ClarkClick Here to view this Link. took his final visit this weekend to Florida but said he will not announce his decision until National Signing Day. He will trim his list on Monday. The newly ranked four-star said his time on campus was great and he enjoyed talking with wide receivers coach Joker PhillipsClick Here to view this Link..Click Here to view this Link.
MORE: Four-star Clark talks Florida visit
MIAMI: CaneSport.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.In a wild weekend that didn't include much for official visits, Miami made a lot of noise nationally. The public spat between head coach Al GoldenClick Here to view this Link. and Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington coach Tim "Ice" Harris took center stage. It may have drawn a line in the sand showing that Golden is the new sheriff in town. Miami is still in the mix for Washington players Denver KirklandClick Here to view this Link. and Matthew ThomasClick Here to view this Link..
MORE: Kirkland meeting ends without commitment
NEBRASKA: HuskerOnline.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.One of the players on the Lincoln campus this weekend was longtime Louisiana-Lafayette commit Devin ScottClick Here to view this Link.. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver recently caught the eye of the staff and earned an offer late in the process. It was the only visit he has taken to the school, so there was a lot to take in. Scott said he could see himself in the offense but did he flip?
MORE: Tough decision lies ahead for Scott
OREGON STATE: BeaverBlitz.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.The Beavers hosted only Justin StrongClick Here to view this Link. this weekend, but that doesn't mean the program was not actively recruiting other players. Del City (Okla.) athlete Corey LawrenceClick Here to view this Link. gave his verbal commitment to the coaching staff on Friday morning and boosted the class of 2013. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Lawrence was a two-way player, but his coach believes him to be a more natural defensive back.
MORE: Beavers start February with commitment
TEXAS: Orangebloods.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.An unplanned five-star took in Austin this weekend when Memphis (Tenn.) Central defensive end Frank HerronClick Here to view this Link. made a trip to campus. He has been an LSUClick Here to view this Link. commit since June, but he has a relationship with Longhorns assistant coach Larry PorterClick Here to view this Link.. It made the prospect interested in seeing what the program had to offer. Swaying Herron could soften the blow from reportedly losing out on Robinson.
MORE: Inside the 40 Acres on Herron | Inside the 40 Acres on Robinson
WEST VIRGINIA: WVSports.com | Visit Dates | Commit List
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Click Here to view this Link.West Virginia added a strong piece to its recruiting class when Raymond (Miss.) Hinds Community College defensive end Dontrill HymanClick Here to view this Link. committed on his official visit. Hyman checks in at 6-foot-4 and 267 pounds. He has been a strong lean to the program, and he sealed the deal on his trip. He figures to step in as a rush end when he gets to Morgantown.
MORE: Hyman: 'Loved everything'
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