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Plantation tight end Ravian Pierce orally commits to Arkansas

Plantation tight end Ravian Pierce's decision to commit to Arkansas was an easy one.

"If he likes it, he'll go ahead [and commit]," Plantation coach Steve Davis said Friday before Pierce's official visit to Fayetteville, Ark.

Guess he did.

Pierce became the 17th commitment in the Class of 2014 for coach Bret Bielema and his staff on Wednesday, according to Davis.

Pierce's relationship with Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge - a Plantation High graduate - was very instrumental in securing the pledge.

Pierce - a 6-4, 215-pound prospect rated four stars by ESPN and Scout, and three stars by Rivals and 247Sports - chose to play for the Razorbacks over his finalists Florida and Alabama. Pierce had reported offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Mississippi and Louisville, among others, but not Alabama.

Pierce joins an Arkansas team on the rise in the Southeastern Conference. If he signs his national letter of intent to play with the Razorbacks, he joins former South Florida high school standouts Alex Collins (South Plantation running back), Denver Kirkland (Miami Booker T. Washington offensive tackle) and De'Andre Coley (Miami Northwestern safety) - all freshman at the school.

Pierce having family members who lived within reach were also contributing factors. Pierce has an aunt, uncle and three cousins who live in Conway, Ark, about two and a half hours from the Arkansas campus.