Growing Goblin

University of Arkansas signee Wade Grayson (6-4, 295) of Harrison jumped right into school and workouts this summer and now finds himself bigger and stronger.

Those who have not seen University of Arkansas offensive line signee Wade Grayson lately might have done a double take on Friday night.

Grayson, the former Harrison standout who was 6-3, 265 when he signed with the Razorbacks, now stands 6-4 ½ and weighs 295 pounds.

"They are planning on me playing guard and they want me to be somewhere between 290 and 300," Grayson said. "I feel real good at this weight."

He is one of five UA signees who have been on campus for a month during the first summer semester, going through off season workouts with Razorback strength and conditioning coach Don Decker and his staff.

"I was pretty sore those first two weeks up here," Grayson said. "But after that everything is going great. Coach Deck is getting us ready.

"We have been running stadiums and hitting the weights and they have just been breaking us down and rebuilding us totally," Grayson said. "It's been going good."

Grayson has joined fellow UA signees Grant Cook, Grant Freeman, D.J. Williams and Seth Oxner on campus this first semester.

They have all tried to encourage Oxner, who has been rehabbing after tearing his ACL while dunking a basketball in a high school charity basketball game.

"We been just trying to do whatever we can to help him out and keep his spirits up because he can't hardly do anything with that leg," Grayson said. "But he is in there with us doing upper body work and he just heads to the therapist when we do lower body workouts."

Grayson is very intent on following in the footsteps – both on and off the field - of late former Harrison and UA standout Brandon Burlsworth and other former Goblins who have matriculated to Fayetteville.

"I can't wait to be up here and carry on the Harrison tradition," Grayson said. "I am going to try and do everything I can to keep his spirit in my heart while I am playing."

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