Arkansas Snags Ollison

For the second straight recruiting class, the University of Arkansas is poised to land the state's best defensive player as Malvern defensive lineman Grady Ollison (6-4, 275) commits to the Razorbacks on Wednesday.

If there's one position that's getting plenty of attention in the 2011 University of Arkansas recriuiting, it's the defensive line.

Malvern defensive lineman Grady Ollison (6-4, 275) became the third defensive lineman to commit to Arkansas in this class when he publicly pledged Wednesday to sign with the Razorbacks.

He joins Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Robert Thomas (6-2, 310) and Nowata (OK) prep standout Austin Beck (6-8, 295) in giving the Razorbacks three defensive hosses up front among five total commitments.

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

Although Ollison only had offers from Arkansas and Tulsa to this point, there were plenty of other schools on the verge of offering after his showing at a Nike Camp in Dallas.

A nephwe of former Razorback Tony Ollison and cousin to former UA player Vincent Bradford, Ollison got a chance at that camp to work with former Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, the second pick in this year's NFL draft.

"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 the drills."

Part of the appeal of Arkansas is getting a chance to work with new Razorback defensive end coach Steve Caldwell.

"I like how Coach Caldwell coaches," Ollison said. "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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