Willing To Help

University of Arkansas defensive end commit Grady Ollison (6-4, 280) was impressed with all the talented recruits the Razorbacks had on the sideline Saturday and wishes he would have been able to stem the Tide instead of being in the stands watching the action.

If he could have, Malvern defensive lineman and University of Arkansas commit Grady Ollison would have jumped out on the field and helped stop o. 1 Alabama late in Saturday's game.

But since he's still got to finish high school, Ollison (6-4, 280) will have to wait to get into the mix for the Razorbacks until 2011.

"I can't wait to get up here and help us win football games," Ollison said. "There are great players here, great players coming and we are going to have a great program and play for championships."

Arkansas had 5 official visitors and about 70 total recruits in Fayetteville for what turned into a 24-20 loss.

Klein (Texas) Collins cornerback Charles Jackson (5-10, 175) finished up his visit on Sunday while Chesapeake (VA) Oscar F. Smith wideout Quinta Funderburk and the Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips trio of safety Roderick Ryles, linebacker LaQuentin Smith and tailback Dee Hart will all leave on Monday.

Ryles and Smith are future Razorbacks and among a solid 2011 class the Razorbacks have put together.

"You look at who we are getting and see of these guys that are here this weekend, it gets you excited."

Saturday's loss to Alabama was the first Arkansas game this season that Ollison had gotten to see live, but he had seen his future college team on TV and likes where they are headed.

"It's obvious to me that the defense has really picked it up this season and that's great since that is what I am coming up here to play," Ollison said. "I like the fact that I am coming to a defense that is already going to be good."

Ollison is part of a strong 2011 defensive line recruiting class that also includes Coffeyville (Kan.) CC Robert Thomas (6-2, 310), Oklahoma prepster Austin Beck (6-8, 295), Louisiana's DeMarcus Hodge and Texas' Darrell Kelly Thomas.

"It makes me feel good that we are getting great guys there and we are going to have depth and just keep coming at people each play," Ollison said.

Malvern is off to a good start with a a 7-4A match-up at Pulaski Robinson set for Friday.

"We are sitting at 3-1 right now," Ollison said. "We got an L from Lakside, but we have got two wins in a row now over Stuttgart and Bauxite. We are in pretty much the hardest conference in the state and we can't slack off any week."

Ollison isn't piling up big stats, but that's fine with him as long as the wins come in a conference that includes high school powers Nashville and Pulaski Academy.

"I am pretty pleased with my play," Ollison said. "I may not be 10 or 15 tackles a game because of all the blockers coming at me, but that's okay because it frees up my teammates to make plays. I do my job, my teammates do their job and we win and everything is just fine with me."


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