Brignoni Gets Taste of Life as a Hog

Alex Brignoni was among the participants at the Arkansas camp that got a taste of being a Razorback.

Some 2013 Arkansas pledges got a taste of Razorback practices at the three-day Arkansas football camp.

Among the commitments participating were the Fayetteville trio that consists of quarterback Austin Allen, safety Alex Brignoni and linebacker Brooks Ellis.

Allen, Brignoni and Ellis committed to Arkansas on May 21 and Brignoni said the Bulldogs players have worked on garnering interest for fellow recruits.

"I'm trying to follow some athletes and get their attention, but overall, Austin, Brooks and I are trying our best to get some players around Arkansas to come here," Brignoni said.

The Bulldogs safety, who led the team with 127 tackles and 10 interceptions in Fayetteville's run to the state championship last season, said he was excited about working with the coaches going into camp and that the opportunity did not disappoint.

"It's a huge opportunity," Brignoni said. "I'm going to be with these coaches for four years, and it was good to get a taste of what they do. I'm glad I got this experience before that first day of practice comes. I'm pretty excited about it and feel very comfortable around them.

"It was overall exciting to come work with the coaches, be with these great athletes and showcase my abilities. I gained a lot, learned a lot about the coaches and I just enjoyed everything."

Arkansas defensive coordinator and secondary coach Paul Haynes was one of the coaches from which Brignoni said he learned the most.

"Coach Haynes is a great coach," Brignoni said. "He did a good job teaching me technique. I learned a lot, think I got a lot better and I worked a lot on my hips and staying low."

Brignoni, who is considered undersized by some, said he is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds right now and he hopes to get over 200 pounds before football season. He also said he felt like the camp gave him the opportunity to discredit those that may question his scholarship offer.

"I felt like I needed to prove myself to some of the doubters," Brignoni said. "Since I'm committed, I wanted to be the leader out there and win everything I do. I came out and tried to do the best I could and put in a lot of work."

Next on Brignoni's agenda will be the Little Rock Shootout which will take place this weekend. He will be among the top-five recruits in the state competing in the seven-on-seven tournament.

Brignoni's teammates Allen and Ellis, Pulaski tight end Hunter Henry and North Little Rock running back and Alabama commit Altee Tenpenny will also be participating in the event.

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