Big Wesley

In his weekly column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Newport offensive lineman Wesley Grady (6-5, 320) and writes about the recent UA football Camp. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free, as is an offer to attend a Razorback game. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

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Newport offensive lineman Wesley Grady has always been a big old boy.

But now that big old boy has grown into a 6-5, 320-pound young man that is a Division I football prospect and certainly raised his stock at this week's University of Arkansas football camp.

"I came out and I wasn't expecting too much contact in the camp, but was happy that there was and think I really did well," Grady said. "I had fun going up against some of the other best guys in the state and I wish them all well this next season."

Grady has offers from Alcorn State and Henderson, but is getting attention from a lot of schools such as Arkansas, Ole Miss and LSU.

He missed several games due to injury least so those schools have wanted to see him healthy and in person.

"I'm feeling good now," Grady said. "I am bigger and stronger and feel like I can get a lot done on the football field now."

It is very clear on where he wants to play his college football if given the opportunity.

"Arkansas is my favorite," Grady said. "I am just an Arkansas kid and I love Arkansas. That's it. I just want to stay in Arkansas and play for the Razorbacks."

He will go to a few more camps this summer to get better and to give himself other options should the Razorbacks not offer.

"I am going to Ole Miss and probably go to LSU and Harding," Grady said. "The rest of the time I will be just working out."

Newport will be without linebacker-running back Thamail Morgan (6-1, 190), who has transferred to Cave City after being dismissed from the Greyhound program, when next season rolls around.

"Thamail is a good player, but we can't let that hold us down," Grady said. "We can't let that keep us down. It just means I need to step up and be a bigger leader and make things happen."

Wesley Grady

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There were at least four players who got scholarship offers after leaving the camp this week.

That quartet included Little Rock Catholic tight end Garrett Uekman (6-2, 245), Heber Springs RB/LB Braylon Mitchell (6-2, 215, 4.52), Springhill (LA) cornerback prospect Chardandrick West (5-9, 190, 4.31 and kicker Eddie Camara of Cedar Hill, Texas.

Uekman, who had 54 catches and 5 touchdowns last season, committed to the Razorbacks on Wednesday night.

Camara is a native of Brazil who was booting 55-yard field goals straight and true without a tee at the camp.

West won the fastest man in camp award in a series of races with the other 11th and 12th grade skill position players.

Mitchell – who is an Arkansas State commit - was only at the camp on Sunday, but did enough to impress the Razorback coaches in that time to get an offer.

The other three prospects are expected to make decision in the very near future.

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Some other of the top performers at the camp included:

• 2011 QB Brandon Allen of Fayetteville – who was name the camp's top signal caller.

• 2011 TB Wesleigh Foster of Clarksville

• 2010 WR Spencer Harris of Greenwood and 2012 prospect Chris Smith of Las Vegas - who was tabbed the top wideouts.

• 2010 UA commit Cam Feldt, an offensive lineman from Pilot Point, Texas along with his sophomore-to-be younger brother Boone.

• 2010 Pulaski Academy lineman Dirk Tanner, who won the toughman competition for the upper classmen

• 2012 DL prospect Tyler Nero, a sophomore and the son of former Razorback Norman Nero. The younger Nero beat the younger Feldt in the finals of the underclassmen toughman event.

• 2010 Bearden prospects in DE Davidell Collins (6-6, 242) and RB Ricky Brown (6-2, 180).

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