While the Bobby Petrino Camp over the weekend was designed in part to introduce coaches to some of the region's top talent, it also served as an immediate glimpse into three players' futures at the University of Arkansas.
Jordan Rainey, Brad Hefley and Garrett Uekman all took part in the camp and all three are Razorback commitments in the class of 2010. They were among the estimated 300 players in attendance for the five-plus hour event.
"I am definitely happy I picked here," Rainey said. "I got to work under (offensive line) Coach (Mike) Summers and he definitely is a really good coach to be around. He knows a lot about what he us talking about and has got a lot of experience. Getting down here helps me a lot because I get to work on my technique. I guess I am learning a new way, a new path."
Rainey (6-5, 305) and Hefley (6-4, 251) are teammates at Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo. The tandem committed to Arkansas within a three-week span earlier in the summer and both have flourished in their high school weight program.
"Summer is going great for us," said Hefley, who transferred to Joplin after playing at Riverton, Kan., last season. "We actually wrapped our lifting program up last week. We finished hard and went out with a bang. We have this week off and then we're going back out in helmets and shoulder pads. Coach wants me to lose a couple of pounds, but that'll be all right."
The pair has hit it off after Hefley's transfer. They were both very interested in Arkansas independently before they knew one another.
"It's fun," said Hefley, who has several family members just down the road from the UA in West Fork. "Definitely Jordan committed before I did. I was actually thinking about coming here before, but having someone that you know coming here certainly helps; the relationship we've built is good.
"I'm very glad I'm a Razorback."
Hefley also had the opportunity to bond over the weekend with fellow-tight end Uekman (6-4, 235). The Little Rock Catholic senior committed to the Razorbacks shortly after receiving a scholarship offer in June. That offer came after his performance in Petrino's first camp of the summer.
"He's a really good guy and we got along really well," Uekman said of Hefley. "We're pretty similar and I'm looking forward to playing with him."
"This one wasn't as hard as the three-day camp. The first one they were really pushing me and trying to make sure they saw every part of my game."
The two tight ends say they excel in two different areas; Hefley in blocking and Uekman catching the ball. Hefley said that suits both just fine.
"I know what my role is," Hefley said. "Arkansas uses its tight ends better than anyone in Division-I. For what they do I'm on the right squad."
Razorback commits enjoy camp
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