NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Jonesboro gridironm standout Brad Shearin believes in his heart that he is an SEC-caliber linebacker.
Shearin (6-0, 228, 4.68), one of the prospects on hand at Saturday's FCA Combine in Verizon Arena, would like to prove that by playing for the University of Arkansas.
He'll get his chance to move closer to that goal when he attends the Razorback football camp on June 6-8.
"I think I can play for Arkansas," Shearin said. "I think I can play in the SEC. I just want to get up there and show them that."
Shearin, who had 105 tackles and 8 sacks last season, has been on the Arkansas campus several times for games, practices and Junior Days.
"I like the coaches and how they all have a serious attitude," Shearin said. "The players all act like they want to play for those coaches and give it their all. That's made a big impression on me."
While he does not have any major offers yet, there is plenty of interest in Shearin.
"I have been getting interest from Arkansas and Ole Miss, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Baylor, Miami and a bunch of small schools," Shearin said. "All of them are saying they just want to see me at camp this summer and evaluate me there."
That could put a lot of pressure on a prospect knowing his future might depend on how he performs at a camp.
"I am just going to try and go in there with a flat attitude and just try to knock somebody's head off and do my best," Shearin said. "I don't see it as pressure. I see it as just going and playing."
Shearin bench presses 400 pounds and squats 500.
He did 27 reps of 225 pounds at Saturday's FCA event.
"I feel good about my strength, but like everybody else I want to improve my speed," Shearin said. "I just want to get better every day."
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