Nathan's Time

Allen senior-to-be quarterback Nathan Dick (6-4, 200) - the younger brother of Arkansas signal caller Casey Dick - has an impressive first day Friday at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock and is hoping that an offer from the Razorbacks is in his future.

LITTLE ROCK - Anyone who saw Nathan Dick play last year or perhaps caught a glimpse of him visiting his brother in Fayetteville would notice a difference in the Texas senior-to-be prep quarterback if there were to see him now.

Dick (6-4, 200) has grown two inches in height, put on 10 pounds and certainly has bigger arms and shoulders than he did when leading Allen from his signal caller spot last season.

He had an outstanding first day at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament while leading the Eagles to a 5-0-1 mark in pool play with a bevy of touchdown passes at the Mightt Bluebird Soccer Fields.

"I'm excited about it," Dick said of his growth spurt. "It feels real good on me. I can see everything a little bit better, feel stronger and just think I am wearing it well. I think I've had a good day and we played well as a team."

Dick's older brother Casey heads into fall camp at the University of Arkansas' number one quarterback after starting the last four games of the 2005 season, winning a pair of them and coming up just short in the other two.

Nathan is certainly going to have the opportunity to follow his brother into collegiate football as evidenced by the fact that he already has seven offers.

Those have come after a junior season in which he completed 57 percent of his passes, threw for 1, 213 yards and 7 touchdowns and rushing for 294 yards despite missing several games with a broken tibia.

He has scholarships on the table from Baylor, SMU, Rice, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Kansas and Houston.

"My top schools right now are Houston, Rice, SMU and probably Baylor," Dick said.

Absent is one from the Razorbacks at this point although Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt and assistant James Shibest has made it clear they are interested.

"I have talked to Coach Shibest a lot and Coach Nutt also and they have told me that they have offered Kodi Burns and are going to see what he does and I am okay with that," Dick said. "They told me if anything happens with that I would get an offer later in the fall."

Dick knows there is a large contingent of fans who would like to see the Razorbacks get both Burns and Dick.

"I love Arkansas a lot and they would definitely be one of my top schools if I got a chance to go there," Dick said. "But as of right now I am trying to make a choice either late this month or in early July so I can get that out of the way."

That means that Dick, who has plans to join a pair of teammates – 5-11, 200-pound senior running back Charles Opeseyitan and 6-5 junior wideout Dan Buckner – at Arkansas' Seniors Camp on July 21-22, might have committed elsewhere before an offer comes with the Razorbacks.

"If they did offer after that, it's just something I would have to sit down and think about because I really love everything about Arkansas," Dick said.

The fact that his older brother and celebrated recruit Mitch Mustain will be at Arkansas is not a deterrent to Dick. "No, there are going to be great quarterbacks no matter where I go so that's not going to be a factor," Dick said.

Dick and his Allen team blasted Hot Springs Lakeside 46-14, topped Heritage Hall 28-21 and hammered Little Rock Episopal 34-7 before wobbling in what turned into a 35-35 tie with Helena.

The Eagles were perhaps looking ahead to a showdown with Arkansas power Pulaski Academy. Allen ended up winning that game 37-35 before whipping Russellville 41-21 to end its action on Friday.

Allen will begin sectional play Saturday at 12:20 p.m. against the winner of an earlier game between Warren and Prescott.

"There is some great competition here and we are doing pretty well," Dick said. "This is a great thing in helping us get ready for the season."

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