Hulk of a QB Commits to Hogs

A. Maceo Smith QB to take his unique skills to Arkansas

By Adam Boedeker
|  Wednesday, Oct 21, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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Hulk of a QB Commits to Hogs

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It's not very often you see a 6 foot 2 inch, near-300-pound quarterback at any level, much less the high school level. In fact, the only thing really close that comes to mind is former Kentucky star/New York Giants clipboard holder Jared Lorenzen.

Add to that list Dallas A. Maceo Smith QB Jatashun Beachum.

The senior doesn't offer much in the passing game, but he doesn't need to in Smith's offense. He's being recruited as an "athlete" and committed last week to play at Arkansas as a running back. Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2010 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 3.

Beachum had offers from all over the place, including top programs such as Florida and Miami, but many of those schools wanted to make him a defensive lineman. You can understand why. With his height, weight and 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash, he'd be a real beast.

But instead he's going with the Root Hogs where he can continue punishing defenders.

"He's special because he has the ability to play small but he has the frame that allows him to play big," said Smith head coach Elzie Barnett told The Dallas Morning News.

Beware SEC defenses.

Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He tried to stay up for the meteor shower.

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