This Saturday's ninth annual FCA Combine in Little Rock is held with prospects just like Harrison offensive lineman Wade Grayson in mind.
Grayson (6-5, 265) is one of those guys that is right on the edge of getting a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas - and many other schools for that matter - and the more he gets seen by college coaches the better.
"I am really looking forward to it because anything I can do to help out my recruiting and being looked at my coaches will be very beneficial for me," Grayson said. "I am doing everything I can do to give everybody the best look at me."
Grayson, who has plans to attend Arkansas' two football camps this summer, is the best offensive line prospect from Harrison since the late Brandon Burlsworth, who went from a Razorback walk on to an All-American for the Razorbacks and was drafted by the NFL's Indianapolis Colts before dying in a car accident.
He doesn't try to hide the fact that he would love playing his college football at Arkansas and for Razorback offensive line coach Mike Markuson and was in attendance at both of the school's two UA Junior Days this spring.
"I think Arkansas is one of the best colleges in America, both for academics and the Razorback athletic programs," Grayson said. "I am very interested in playing there and I have talked to Coach Markuson and he has said they are very interested in me and will be watching me now and through the season."
But Arkansas is certainly not the only schools on Grayson, who is also getting interest from Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Penn State and Ohio State.
Auburn and Mississippi State have already called Harrison head coach Tommy Tice to let them know of plans to attend one of the workouts during the Goblins' May 15-25 spring practice and Arkansas and many others are expected to show up as well.
"I think I am a really good run blocker and a pretty good pass protector," Grayson said. "I should be getting even better this year at pass blocking because we are moving from a running offense to something similar to what (Class AAAAA state champ) Springdale ran last year."
Grayson has been playing guard the past two seasons, but will make the move to tackle this season.
"We have all but three starters coming back on offense and all but one on our offensive linemen returning," Grayson said. "We also have a lot coming back on defense and I think we are going to be really good this year."
Harrison, which has always had a successful program, floundered to a 3-7 mark last season.
"That was just the worst thing," Grayson said. "I felt really bad for our seniors going out that way, but I don't see anyway at all something like that happens again this season," Grayson said. "I think we are going to be really good, battle Morrilton and have a chance to win our conference and get in the state playoffs."
Grayson is currently sizing up his plans for the summer as far as camps, but knows he will be in Little Rock this weekend with UA coaches on hands and will be in Fayetteville to be seen this summer for the camps.
"Arkansas has said they are going to pay a lot of attention to me and I want to show up and be the best I can whenever they get a chance to see me," Grayson said. "I want to give them as much reason as I can to like what they see."
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