Living The Dream

Fayetteville wide receiver Brad Culp, who had 4 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's Arkansas High School Coaches All-Star football game, has decided to walk on for the Razorbacks despite having scholarship options at other places.

Despite having scholarship offers from several schools, Fayetteville High all-state wide receiver Brad Culp has decided to stay close to home and walk on at Arkansas.

Culp (6-1, 180, 4.3), who had 65 catches for 1,273 yard receiving and 13 touchdowns his senior season, chose the Razorbacks over Ole Miss, North Carolina and Arkansas State.

In addition, Culp was offered track scholarships by Arkansas and others, but being a Razorback football player was always his dream.

"I could have taken the easy way out, but I love challenges and what it all comes down to is that I have always wanted to be a Razorback and I will do anything to be one," Culp said Friday.

Culp was one of the stars of Thursday night's Arkansas High School Coaches All-Star game with 4 catches for a game-high 151 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown reception from Bentonville quarterback and Henderson State signee Dallas Hardison.

Hardison passed for 392 yards and accounted for 5 touchdowns – both All-Star game records - as he and Culp helped lead the West to a 42-38 win over the East at Razorback Stadium.

"That was an amazing feeling, but it seemed so easy because we had repped that play so much during the week," Culp said. "He just put the ball right there and all I had to do was outrun the guy covering me."

Culp will report to Arkansas on July 2 and be one of the preferred walk ons who get to start practice with the scholarship guys instead of having to wait until school starts.

Austin Allen, Fayetteville's senior-to-be quarterback and Arkansas commit, believes Culp will make an impact soon - especially since the Razorbacks' wide receiver corp has been depleted recently.

"He has 4.3 speed and I believe he was the best wide receiver in Arkansas last season," Allen said. "I had the pleasure of throwing the ball to him and he was always where he needed to be and was always making big plays for us. We would not have won it all without him."

Fayetteville head coach Daryl Patton is glad Culp is getting to live his dream, but believes he was a bona fide scholarship player.

"I am a little disappointed for him in one way because he had those scholarship offers and I know how much of a financial burden walking on is," Patton said. "But he is getting to live his dream and we are so proud he is getting to do that. He was a great player and great leader for us this season and I think he will go over there and play and eventually get that scholarship."

Culp will join Brandon Allen, freshman tight end Demetrius Dean, walk on defensive end Devan Bowers and the three 2013 commits – Austin Allen, Brooks Ellis and Alex Brignoni as Fayetteville High stars playing – or pledged to play - for the Razorbacks.

"That's a great feeling for all of us – to be able to make an impact as Razorbacks after playing together in high school," Culp said. "We all wanted to be Razorbacks and we are getting to live that dream at a great program."

Brad Culp heads for the end zone on his 81-yard touchdown pass from Dallas Hardison in Thursday night's Arkansas High School Coaches All-Star football game.

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