A Younger Eckwood

Springdale wideout Ladarius Eckwood, who will help lead the Bulldogs into the McDonald's Select 7-on-7 Tournament this weekend on the UA campus, has a famous last name and is hoping he can have a healthy senior season in which he breaks out.

It mostly happens with the older guys, the ones that followed the Razorbacks back in 1970s.

"Are you any relation to Jerry Eckwood?"

Yes, Springdale wide receiver Ladarius Eckwood (6-2, 160, 4.4) is indeed the nephew of Jerry Eckwood, a 1970s superstar and one of the greatest players ever to put on a University of Arkansas jersey.

"I like having the last name Eckwood because everybody recognizes it because of my uncle and the great player that he was," Eckwood said. "There is a little pressure, but I just try to go out and do what I do on the field."

Eckwood will be one of the top athletes on hand for the McDonald's Select 7-on-7 Tournament beginning Friday on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

He had 34 catches for 426 yards and 3 touchdowns as a junior during an injury-plagued season while hooking up with Springdale quarterback and recent Missouri commit Ashton Glaser.

"I am fully healthy now and my hip is a lot better," Eckwood said. "I also had a neck injury that I had to go the hospital for, but I think my body is a lot stronger now because I have been working out a lot this offseason. I think I am ready to break out."

Eckwood is also a basketball standout and has gotten interest from some schools in both sports.

"I have gotten letters from Arkansas, Michigan, Tulsa, Tennessee and a lot of other places for football," Eckwood said. "With basketball, it's Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State."

While he doesn't have any offers in either of those sports yet, he is hoping a healthy year on the field and the court will lead to that.

"I think I am just going to try and do one sport in college," Eckwood said. "Probably football. But I will look forward to this basketball season and see what happens as far as recruiting."

In addition to this weekend's event, Eckwood will be back on the UA campus for the Seniors Only Camp on July 19.

"I am going to Arkansas' camp and have been to Missouri and Tulsa," Eckwood said. "I am just getting out and trying to be seen and get better every day."

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