The Big Bobcat

While Pulaski Academy took home the 2010 Shootout of the South title, Dumas two-sport star Darion Griswold (6-5, 240) was one of the top talents on hand in Little Rock and says he is now leaning toward playing a particular sport in college.

LITTLE ROCK - While the decision is not final, Dumas two-sport star Darion Griswold said Saturday morning that he was leaning toward the gridiron and not the court when it comes to college.

Griswold is a 6-5, 240-pound quarterback and power forward who has drawn Division I recruiting interest in both football and basketball.

"I think it's going to be football," Griswold said. "I'm not saying I definitely am going to do it, but that is what I am leaning toward. There are some schools recruiting me as both a tight end and a quarterback. So I would have two options as far as positions."

Griswold, who played in the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 event this weekend, does not have any offers yet, but Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State are all staying in touch with him.

"I think Louisiana Tech is getting close to offering and Mississippi State," Griswold said. "I went down to Ole Miss about two weeks ago and they are talking about both quarterback and tight end. I had a pretty good camp down there."

The Razorbacks have stayed in touch in both sports.

"Arkansas is talking to me about both football and basketball," Griswold said. "I really don't know what they would look at me for sure because they do have (Fayetteville's) Brandon Allen committed. It all depends and I am looking forward to checking them out more."

He has developed a healthy respect for Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino.

"Coach Petrino is doing a very good job at Arkansas," Griswold said. "I think they are going to be real good next year. He is a very impressive coach. He has coached at both the college and pro level so he knows what he is doing."

Arkansas head basketball coach John Pelphrey has spent plenty of time watching Griswold play basketball along with his talented AAU Arkansas Wings squad.

"I think they are going to have a pretty good team with the guys they have coming back and the guys they having coming in," Griswold said. "They just need to start finishing like they start. Both Aaron and Hunter are trying to talk me into coming up there."

He admits that playing quarterback in college is his preference.

"It would be good to play quarterback because that is what I have been playing and I think I could be a good quarterback at the collegiate level," Griswold said. "I think that would be cool and what I would like to do."

He spent April and May with the Wings and has tried to stay sharp by throwing when home.

Playing in the Shootout allowed the Bobcats to get their timing down.

"It is going pretty good," Griswold said. "I have been just working with my receivers and running backs and letting them catch the ball. I've just been getting some reps out here in 7-on-7 and it's gone pretty well."

UAB and Louisiana Tech have joined Arkansas and Ole Miss in talking to Griswold about playing basketball.

"It went alright," Griswold said. "We lost some games at the end that we shouldn't have. We were not finishing very well in the last five minutes of the game."

He says he is not inclined to play both sports in college.

"I am just going to do one," Griswold said. "I want to concentrate on the sport that I am on scholarship on and be the best I can for that program."

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Host Pulaski Academy downed Allen 48-14 in the championship game to take home its first title in the event's six-year history.

Allen edged defending champ Fayetteville and Lake Hamilton to get to the title game while Pulaski Academy topped Rogers Heritage and Shiloh Christian in the championship bracket.

Those were the final 8 teams standing in the 24-team event.


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