Defensive Headliner

The headliner at today's FCA Combine was Malvern defensive lineman Grady Ollison (6-4, 275), who is one of the University of Arkansas' main targets and who recently got to work out with the one of the top picks in this year's NFL draft.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK - During a recent trip to Dallas for a football combine, Malvern defensive tackle Grady Ollison had a chance to meet with and learn from a guy whose name you might have heard.

Ndamukong Suh, the former Nebraska standout and the recent No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, was on hand and left an impression on Ollison (6-4, 275).

"I got a chance to be Ndamukong Suh and that was nice," Ollison said. "I got to work with him one-on-one. It was great. He is a good guy. I think he is going to do a lot of good things in the NFL and with his life. He is a really good person at heart."

It says a lot to Ollison that Suh is donating 2.6 million dollars from his first contract to Nebraska.

"Not too many people are willing to give up that kind of money even if they have a lot of it," Ollison said. "That tells you a lot about the person he is, and that's the kind of guy I want to be."

"It was a good camp," Ollison said. "I enjoyed it. I learned a lot of stuff. I basically went down there to just be me, do my thing. I brought the intensity to the one-on-ones and all the drills."

Ollison got his first offer from Arkansas back earlier this year. He has since added one from Tulsa and expects one from Ole Miss soon.

But it's clear that the Razorbacks are in the driver's seat and they have let him know just how big of a target he is for the program.

"That feels great for them to want me that much, and it makes me feel confident as a player and a human being," Ollison said. "It's going to be one of the top SEC programs this year, and I think going to be one of the best programs in the country."

Ollison has been on Arkansas campus for both football games and practices – the last time on April 17th for the official Junior Day.

"The visit went great," Ollison said. "It is a beautiful city. The campus is great, the facilities are great. It's amazing when I am up there."

He is a big fan of new Razorback defensive end coach Steve Caldwell.

"I like how Coach Caldwell coaches," Ollison said. "The practices are very intense. He is certainly very intense. It would be amazing if I could work with him and make it to the NFL."





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