When it comes to offensive lineman and possible scholarships at the University of Arkansas, it's not unlike a little UFC action.
After all, it's about some major collisions, who can stay on his feet the longest and put the other guy at a disadvantage.
While there won't be any Rampage Jacksons or Chuck Lidells at Houston Nutt's upcoming football camp, Fort Smith Northside's Austin Eoff will be there ready to go to battle.
Eoff (6-6, 305, 5.3) will join other top linemen in the state such as Russellville's Matt Hall (6-10, 320), Springdale Har-Ber's Bryant Newell (6-7, 295) and Bentonville's Tyler Barnes (6-5, 290) getting after it in Fayetteville on June 10-13.
"I know all those guys and I am looking forward to getting up there and competing against them and others," Eoff said. "I know Arkansas wants to see us against top competition and see how we go at it."
Hall, who has been to the last several Houston Nutt summer camps, is already committed to Arkansas after getting an offer after last season's event.
Eoff, who already has offers from Tulsa and Arkansas State, is hoping the same thing happens for him.
"We're actually supposed to be at a team camp in Tulsa on June 11th, 12th and 13th, but I know it is in my best interest to get up there on the 10th and 11th and get some work in," Eoff said. "So I am going to work that out."
Eoff is anxious to prove his mettle to UA offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who will be on hand along with UA head coach Houston Nutt and offensive coordinator David Lee – who both came to see the player workout recently at Northside.
"Coach Markuson is a guy who really knows what he is doing and is one of the best in the country at it," Eoff said. "Arkansas is my home-state team and have a real good program and it is definitely a place I am looking to go."
In addition to the offers from Arkansas State and Tulsa, Eoff is also getting interest from Arkansas, Kansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU and Ole Miss.
Two Northside senior offensive linemen – Paul Henry and Alex Birton – are headed to play for Arkansas State and plan on working on Eoff to come there.
"They are good friends of mine and Paul said when he signed that they were planning on me coming to Arkansas State, too," Eoff said. "We'll see."
Eoff is benching 315 now and squatting 485.
"I am definitely trying to get stronger and my maxes have gone up," Eoff said. "I am also working on getting off the ball quicker and getting a better thrust.
"I do feel like I have good technique and footwork," Eoff said. "I am willing to work hard and be the best lineman I can."
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