Slick Recruiting

In his weekly recruiting column for The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Brett Bradley catches up with Arkansas prep standout Slick Shelley to find out what's going on with his recruitment.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Fort Smith Southside wide receiver Slick Shelley is highly interested in Arkansas, but is wondering if the interest is still there from them.

"It's a dead period right now, but I haven't heard from coach (Roy) Wittke in a couple of weeks," Shelley said.

"So I was getting a little worried, but my dad has reassured me things will pick back up in the new year."

"I'm visiting South Carolina (Jan.7), LSU (Jan.21), Tennessee (Jan.27) and Arkansas is going to be my last visit," Shelley said.

"I'm definitely going to visit Arkansas officially before announcing my decision on national signing day. Coach (Roy) Wittke and I haven't decided on a date yet."

Steve Spurrier wasted little time in naming former Arkansas running back Madre Hill as his running backs coach at South Carolina and it seems that Hill has wasted even less in coming back home to recruit.

"Coach Steve Spurrier sending coach Hill down here on a plane to see me at school, that's one of the main reasons I'm visiting," Shelley said.

"South Carolina used to send me a lot of mail my sophomore year. It's going to be different seeing their environment, how the coaches treat you and everything else."

Shelley (6-foot-4, 194 pounds) has accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas on Jan.15.

"It's an honor, but I'm ready to go prove myself and let everyone see that I make plays," Shelley said.

Shelley did that last fall, hauling in 64 receptions for 800 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Shelley runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

"I'm going to continue to work hard on my speed and getting stronger," Shelley said.

"I'd like to play as a true freshmen wherever I decide to go. It's going to be a tough decision to make, I'm going to sit down with coach (Houston) Nutt and talk."

Shelley is rated the No.3 in-state college prospect by The Morning News.

GRAHAM FAVORS ARKANSAS
Houston, Texas (Yates High) linebacker Tyrell Graham

has an early leader and makes no bones about Arkansas being the school to beat for his signature come signing day.

"Coach (Chris) Vaughn and I have such a good bond," Graham said.

"That's what makes Arkansas so attractive, plus the hiring of coach (Reggie) Herring. Arkansas has everything I'm looking for."

Graham has already officially visited Kansas State and plans to only visit Arkansas (Jan.21) to finish up his recruitment.

"Those are the only two schools that I'm considering," Graham said.

"It could be over after my visit to Arkansas, but I'm going to wait until signing day to make my announcement public."

Graham recorded over 100 tackles on the season.

Graham runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and bench presses 305.

"I'm trying to prepare myself for college football, I know it's going to be a little faster and more physically demanding than high school was," Graham said.

"It's going to be up to the coaches if I redshirt or not, I'm going to put some weight on."

Graham has a 2.6 core grade-point average and has scored an 810 on the SAT.

GRID NOTES
New Orleans, La. (St. Francis) tight end Selvish Capers who recently visited Arkansas, verbally committed to West Virginia.

Hoxie offensive lineman Drew Gardner (6-5, 320) recently committed to Vanderbilt.

BRETT BRADLEY COVERS RECRUITING FOR THE MORNING NEWS. HIS COLUMNS APPEAR ON FRIDAYS.

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