Grady improves at camps

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After attending a few camps this summer on collegiate campuses, Searcy lineman Grant Grady may be better prepared to play the next two seasons of high school football.

The junior lineman plays on both sides of the ball and said he has attended camps in Fayetteville, Norman, Okla. (Oklahoma University) and Nashville, Tenn. (Vanderbilt) this summer.

"At the Arkansas camp, Coach (Kevin) Peoples was awesome to work with," Grady said. "He's a great guy and I got a lot of one-on-one repetitions and got some experience against some of the best competition in Arkansas by being able to go head-to-head with some of the best offensive lineman in the state."

The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder said he is usually one of the biggest guys on the field, but going against other top lineman at the camps could prove to be a vital experience for him.

"It's a lot different going up against those guys," Grady said. "I have to use a lot more speed and I've gotten better at hand fighting to keep the bigger guys off of me. All these camps and combines have let me practice one-on-ones and I've gotten repetitions and gotten better."

The junior offensive guard/defensive tackle has not received any offers yet, but after attending a few camps, said he does have two top universities in mind.

"If I had to pick a top school, it would probably be Vanderbilt, but the Hogs' football program is great, the weight room and all of the facilities are awesome and it's my home team," Grady said. "The number one quality for the school I would go to would just be being welcomed. Like when I went to the Razorbacks' camp, they were just so welcoming and it was an enjoyable experience."

Even though Grady said he loves Arkansas and would enjoy the opportunity to wear Cardinal and White on Saturdays, he has been extremely impressed with the Commodores and his understanding of life after football point him towards Vanderbilt.

"I'm about 50-50 with Arkansas and Vanderbilt, but I give Vanderbilt the slight edge, right now," Grady said. "I love Coach Franklin. I think it's great how he's turning that program around. Another quality that is important would be education because you want something there in case you can't make that next level after college.

"It's the best of both worlds in that you get a world-class education and get to play SEC football at Vanderbilt."

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