Fayetteville began its spring football practice on Monday, but safety Dre Greenlaw had to just look on as he continues to rehab from a foot injury.
Greenlaw (6-1, 215), an Arkansas State commit where his adopted dad and former Razorback coach Brian Early is now the defensive line coach, suffered a Jones fracture and had surgery last month.
A Jones fracture occurs in a small area of the fifth metatarsal and is caused by overuse, repetitive stress or trauma.
"I was doing a drill and planted and just stepped on it wrong and it broke," Greenlaw said. "The rehab process is going good and right now I am just getting back motion. It doesn't hurt at all to walk on, but the doctor just wanted me to take it slow. But it's going good."
The injury will keep Greenlaw from going through Fayetteville's spring game on May 30 and some camps, but he hopes to be back close to July.
"I hopefully will be able to do the July ones and possibly the end of June," Greenlaw said.
Greenlaw, who had 104 tackles and took back an interception, a punt, a kickoff and a fumble recovery for scores as a junior, has offers from Arkansas State, Boise State, Washington State, Southern Miss and Memphis.
He also has interest from Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Missouri.
Greenlaw took in a couple of Razorback practices and paid special attention to the defense.
"I went to a couple of their practices and it looked like their secondary got stronger and I know a couple of their linebackers (former Fayetteville stars Brooks Ellis and Alex Brignoni)," Greenlaw said. "I know their D-line is going to be great. I also saw (former Fayetteville quarterback) Brandon (Allen) and he looks like he is throwing better and more confident."
Arkansas coaches – who have all six of their summer camps scheduled for the June 7-June 19 time frame - have expressed interest in Greenlaw.
"They wanted me to come to camp, but I want be able to be ready by then," Greenlaw said. "They have told me that they are very interested and they are going to continue to recruit me real hard and take a good look at me. They told me that sometimes the process is slow, but that they just want to do the right thing especially when it comes to in-state guys."
Greenlaw is looked upon as a safety prospect by all of the schools recruiting him except Arkansas State.
"I think most of the coaches are looking at me as a safety, maybe a nickel type guy, but Arkansas State is looking at me as an outside linebacker," Greenlaw said. "All the other coaches are looking at me as a safety."
Greenlaw admits that it is tough to be away from Early.
"It's going great for him, but it's kind of hard," Greenlaw said. "But for the most part it is going good for him down there and he is in a good place with good people and good coaches."
He gave some consideration to moving to Jonesboro, but will finish his career with the Purple Bulldogs.
"I'm definitely going to stay and finish my senior year at Fayetteville," Greenlaw said.
Greenlaw, whose Purple Bulldogs won the 2012 state title, had three interceptions as a sophomore and five as a junior.
He wants to break Brignoni's single-season school record of 10.
"I want to break the interception record for the Bulldogs, which is 10," Greenlaw said. "I also want to be able to get as fast as I can and get my 40-yard dash time down a little bit and just play as physical as I can and just study the game.
"I have always been able to jump high as my vertical is 38, 39 inches and I have really long arms," Greenlaw added. "I just believe that when any ball is in the air that I can get it."
Greenlaw is also a big weapon in the return game and will also be playing running back this season.
"I believe that the return game is one of the best parts about me because you don't always get a chance to score on defense," Greenlaw said, "so whenever I get the ball on punt return, I just try to execute and score.
"I am most definitely looking forward to playing running back," Greenlaw added. "I just like having the ball in my hands and I am pretty explosive. I am not going to be an every down back, but I am going to play 90 percent defense and then we are going to try and get the ball in my hands more."
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