Harrison offensive lineman Wade Grayson is a man of few words anyway, but he found himself without any on Thursday when he called University of Arkansas head football coach Houston Nutt and was offered a scholarship.
"It was very exciting and I was surprised and just speechless," Grayson said. "It's something I've always wanted to be is a Razorback."
Grayson (6-5, 265, 5.1) got the offer after a solid performance this week at the Houston Nutt Football Camp that ended on Wednesday.
"I thought I did pretty good and (UA offensive line) Coach (Mike) Markuson told me I did and I was hoping that an offer came because of that," Grayson said. "I thought I had good technique and did really good at pulling pout and getting the block."
Grayson, slated to be a guard in college, became the Razorbacks' sixth commitment of the 2007 class when he called Nutt back on Friday to commit.
"Coach Nutt said for me to go ahead and talk it over with parents and then call him back on Friday," Grayson said. "I will commit on Friday. I'm very excited I am going to be a Razorback."
Grayson is part of a huge contingent of talented Division I caliber of offensive lineman and tight end types in Arkansas this season.
The Razorbacks already have commitments from Monticello center Seth Oxner (6-5, 290), Paris tight end Grant Freeman (6-7, 255) and Little Rock Catholic defensive end/tight end Jake Bequette (6-4, 245) – two guys who could end up on the line if they grow out of the tight end position.
Arkansas has also offered Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295) and Jonesboro's Grant Cook (6-5, 260) and remain interested in Shiloh Christian's Nolan Hankins (6-7, 330).
Arkansas and Missouri State made it by to see Harrison practice in the fall and Auburn was scheduled to come but had to cancel at the last minute.
"I was also getting interest from Kansas State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Memphis and Rice," Grayson said. "Coach Nutt said to come on and jump in the boat and I see no reason not to go ahead and do so."
Grayson still plans to go to Missouri State to a camp soon.
"I'm going to be a Razorback, but I am going to go just to get some work in with pads on," Grayson said. "I want to be as ready as I can for next season and when I become a Razorback."
Grayson will be the first offensive lineman from Harrison for the Razorbacks since the legendary Brandon Burlsworth, who went from a walk on to an All-American to an Indianapolis Colt before tragically dying in a car accident.
"I never got to meet him personally, but he is a legend here in Harrison both for the kind of person and player he was," Grayson said. "If I can be just half of what he was that will be great. I want to follow in his footsteps and do everything the right way."
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