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Arkansas DL Daytrieon Dean announces decision to transfer

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Arkansas defensive lineman Daytrieon Dean announced Monday on Twitter that he will transfer from the school.

 “The past two years at the University of Arkansas has been nothing but great,” Dean wrote. “I will carry the lessons I learned with me for the rest of my life. I want to thank Coach B (Bret Bielema) and his coaching staff for all the endless support. I also want to thank all the academic people who helped guide me through classes.

“Me and my family have decided that it would be in my best interest to transfer. This decision was not easy and took a lot of prayer and thought. I will always be an Arkansas kid at heart.”

The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Dean, a Fort Smith, Arkansas native, redshirted for the Razorbacks in 2015 and did not play last season.

Dean, who has three years of eligibility remaining, will have to sit out the 2017 season if he transfers to another FBS program. He can play immediately if he goes to an FCS school.

Dean, a former three-star recruit, also held offers from Arkansas State, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss before signing with Arkansas during the 2015 recruiting cycle.

Arkansas has transitioned from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense this offseason under new defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, who was promoted to the position from secondary coach in January.

Arkansas signed three defensive linemen in its 2017 recruiting class.

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