Plantation's Ravian Pierce, the top-rated tight end in South Florida's class of 2014, verbally committed to Arkansas Wednesday night.
Both Pierce and Plantation coach Steve Davis confirmed the commitment.
Pirece visited Arkansas this past weekend on an official visit. His main recruiter was Charlie Partridge, who is a Plantation alum.
Two weeks ago, Pierce called South Plantation alum and current Arkasnas running back Alex Collins to talk about the school. The conversation was reported to be a big factor in his commitment.
The 6-foot-4, 215 pound Pierce projects as a defensive end as well as a tight end.
Arkansas, who under Bret Bielema has moved to establish a recruiting base in South Florida, using Partridge and former Miami coach Randy Shannon as the region's lead recruiters, moved to No. 23 in the 247sports team recruiting rankings following the three-star's commitment.
Pierce is Arkansas' first South Florida commitment this season. In 2013, the Razorbacks landed four (Collins, Denver Kirkland of Booker T. Washington, Ke'Tyrus Marks of Suncoast, De'Andre Coley of Miami Northwestern.)Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun