Earlier this year, Fayetteville High safety Alex Brignoni thought he would be using the June Arkansas football camp as a chance to earn a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks.
But that offer came earlier than expected and Brignoni (6-2, 195) committed to the Razorback on May 21st ago along with Fayetteville quarterback Austin Allen (6-2, 217) and linebacker Brooks Ellis (6-3, 215).
That still didn't keep him from showing up on Sunday along with some 350-plus other campers and the Razorback camp got underway.
"I'm really excited about it because I get to work with the Arkansas coaches and I haven't had a chance to do that yet," Brignoni said. "That is really my main reason in coming – just to see how they coach and try to get better. It's a great opportunity for me."
Brignoni, who had 130 tackles last season while intercepting a whopping 10 passes for the Class 7A state champions, is one of seven Razorback commits in the 2013 class already.
"I think our recruiting has been huge so far," Brignoni said. "We have a variety of players. We have defensive guys and offensive guys. I don't think it is going to stop. We have a lot of big talent coming into visit and I am excited to see what this class is going to bring."
The state's top five players will all be in the same place this weekend when Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry, North Little Rock tailback and Alabama commit Altee Tenpenny and the Fayetteville trio will all be at the Shootout of the South in Little Rock.
That event starts on Friday.
"That will be our first tournament," Brignoni said. "We just recently started 7-on-7 practice and I think we will be ready to go down there and compete."
Brignoni will also see some action at wide receiver at the behest of Purple Bulldogs head coach Daryl Patton.
"He definitely wants to play some receiver, go in during some certain situations maybe have like five or six plays on that side of the ball," Brignoni said. "I happy to do it because I want to help the team in any way I can."
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