One of the best things about the University of Arkansas football camp in June is that it gives the coaches a great opportunity to size up players against one another.
That is certainly the case this week as a plethora of the state's top offensive line prospects and one out-of-state commit are on hand for a camp that runs Sunday through Tuesday.
Arkansas commit Cam Feldt (6-5, 295) of Point Pilot, Texas joins Newport's Wesley Grady (6-5, 305), Paris' Charles Dement (6-6, 280), Bentonville's Chase Petersen (6-4, 280) and John Mark Holden (6-1, 272), Nashville's Ryne Chambers (6-6, 235) and Bearden's Davidell Collins (6-5, 220) as a few of the 2010 prospects on hand.
There's also Cave City's Alan Wright (6-6, 280, 5.1), who already has offers from Arkansas State and UCA, but is drawing interest from much bigger schools after putting on 50 pounds of muscle in the offseason.
"These type of guys don't come along that often in Cave City, in fact never before," notes Cave City head coach Jon Bradley. "Alan benches 300, squats over 600 pounds, has a 31-inch vertical, has an 80-inch wingspan, an 8-11 broad jump, ran a 5.18 40-yard dash at the FCA combine and a 4.62 pro agility."
That has led Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and others to become very interested.
"It feels pretty good so far," Wright said of the recruiting attention. "I am just trying to get to a lot of camps and be seen by as many people as I can."
Arkansas was one of the many schools to get by and see Wright during spring practice with recruiting coordinator Tim Horton and offensive line coach Mike Summers both showing up.
"So far, it has been very good," Wright said. "Mr. Horton has been down there to see me and so has Mr. Summers. They both seem like very nice men. I really like Arkansas' program."
He has already been to Oklahoma State for a camp and has several more trips planned this summer.
"Next week I going to Auburn and UCA the weekend after that and Ole Miss and then back here at the UA for the Seniors Camp (July 19)," Wright said.
If he lived in Northwest Arkansas or the Little Rock Metro area, he might not be such a hidden gem.
"Instead, because he lives in Cave City, he has not been on anybody's recruiting radar at all until this spring," Bradley said. "Of course putting on that 60 pounds of muscle in the offseason didn't hurt either. I know he can play on the next level and the colleges are finding out about him. It's been amazing."
A highlight tape of Wright that Bradley sent out has certainly interested those schools.
"There are so many schools who have that highlight tape and know he is 290 now that want him to come to their camps," Bradley said. "Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech. They are all going to see how athletic he is, how well he bends for a guy that size.
Wright, who also plays defensive end, is looking forward to playing at 280 this season instead of 230.
"Definitely I am not going to get pushed around any at all," Wright said. "I know that will help a lot. I have also been able to keep my speed with me. I have gained about 50 pounds, but haven't lost any speed to speak of. If anything, I think I am gaining speed."
He certainly has worked hard during the offseason.
"Mostly I have been just staying in the weight room and going to a personal trainer named Chris Lovelace," Wright said. "I have been working on my speed with him. I also am going to work hard on my pass blocking."
It appears that Cave City will actually have two of the better football players in the state next season.
That's because former Newport standout Thamail Morgan (6-1, 190) - a linebacker/running back who is no longer a part of the tradition-rich Greyhound football program - will enroll at Cave City.
"He will be a very big asset," Wright said. "We have another good running back in Tyler Engleman so instead of them just loading up on the side he would be running to we can run the double wing and have those two making plays."
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