High School: Rated as a three-star athlete by Rivals.com ... Expected to graduate from Pulaski Academy in 2011 ... Lettered in football and wrestling ... Registered 18 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries his senior year ... Returned one of his fumble recoveries for a touchdown ... Led his team to the state championship game his senior season and won a state championship his sophomore year ... Named the Little Rock Defensive Player of the Year ... Coached by Kevin Kelley.
Personal: Dirk Sterling Tanner ... Son of Becky Tanner ... Born on Oct. 24, 1992 in Little Rock, Ark. ... Chose Louisiana Tech over Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, Missouri State, Rice and Tulsa ... Recruited by Rob Likens.