Conic's Wait

Little Rock Catholic defensive end Lee Conic (6-5, 295, 4.8) is one of the best prospects in Arkansas - albeit one that hasn't see the field much over the past few years - and should learn late this afternoon via a AAA ruling if he will get to play this season.

One of the most highly thought of college football prospects in the state should find out today if he will get to take the football field this season.

Little Rock Catholic defensive end Lee Conic (6-5, 290, 4.8) should have his hardship petition ruled on by the Arkansas Activities Association late Thursday afternoon according to Robert Hamilton, his adopted dad.

"Right now it seems to be about 50-50," Hamilton said Wednesday night. "We feel like he seems to meet all the necessary requirements, but it's just going to be on what they decide about the eight semester rule."

The hardship petition was filed with the AAA based on parental neglect from his birth mom, who has not been a part of his life since back in junior high and he fended for himself until Hamilton and his wife became part of his life two years ago.

"He is such a kindhearted loving kid who just needed someone to love him back and give him some direction is his life," Hamilton said back after Conic worked out at the FCA combine in April. "I am so proud of the way he has worked so hard to overcome things."

The 17-year-old Conic's eight-semester clock began ticking when he played two varsity games for Catholic back in the ninth grade before being dismissed from the team.

He would then play on the junior varsity as a sophomore before his grades suffered and he ended up having to repeat the 10th grade.

After getting his grades in order, Conic appeared eligible to go for Catholic last season, but the AAA ruled him ineligible right before the start of the season.

He moved on to Little Rock Lutheran, improved his grade point even more and began classes at Catholic again last week since Lutheran is not fielding a varsity team this season.

"He really wants to get back out there and we really want him to have a chance," Hamilton said. "We hope it gets that opportunity, but it's all what happens with the ruling."

Conic realizes regardless of the ruling, he has been given a second chance.

"This has been a learning process and I feel like I have matured and become a better person through all of it," Conic said. "…If I get that chance, I am going to become the best teammate and player that I can. I realize I am lucky. My life could have turned out so different, but now that I have some direction and people around me who love and care for me I want to repay them the best that I can by being the best I can be in everything I do whether it is on a football field or not."

Those who have seen Conic at UA head coach Houston Nutt's summer camp back in 2005 or at the FCA combine notice the great combination of size and speed.

He's made no secret that he longs to someday be a Razorback.

"Wow, what a end to a dream that would be for me, " Conic said back in April.

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