Ellix Wilson Looking at Arkansas

Last year Tennessee landed the top football prospect from Arkansas in Parade All-American receiver Bret Smith. Now Arkansas is looking to lure one of best from the Volunteer State in Memphis Melrose defensive back Ellix Wilson.

Wilson, 6-0, 205, 4.5, attended the Razorbacks' Juniors Camp in April and plans to return for their Seniors Camp in July. According to a story publish Friday by the Arkansas-Democrat, Wilson's attraction to Arkansas is due to the presence of former Melrose teammate and best friend Marcus Slaughter, who is a walk-on at UA.

"Marcus will have a big impact on where I go college," Wilson was quoted as saying. "Marcus being a Razorback helps them a lot with me."

Wilson, the brother of former Vol Cedrick Wilson, lists Arkansas, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama and Ole Miss as the schools he is most interested in at this point. He has offers from most of those schools, including Arkansas.

"Arkansas is a cool place to be," Wilson said. "I liked the academic center, the stadium, and they seem to have a great fan base."

He also cited the high number of players from the Memphis area migrating to Arkansas as another reason for his interest in the Razorbacks. One of those Memphis area players who has excelled in Fayetteville is Ken Hamlin, an all-SEC defensive back who entered the NFL Draft last spring as a junior and was taken in the second round.

"I'm still looking at a lot of schools right now," Wilson added. "I'm looking for whatever school fits me best."

Wilson is one of three players from Melrose that Tennessee is known to be interested in.

By the way, Bret Smith was recently named Arkansas' Male Athlete of the Year after starring in football, basketball and track during his senior year at Warren. In addition to being only the second player from Arkansas named to the Parade All-American team in the last four years, he was also picked as a Gatorade All-American and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game held in San Antonio, Texas.

Smith started last season playing quarterback for Warren's state championship team and completed 58-of-117 passes for 1,110 and 11 touchdowns through four games. After he returned to his more familiar wide receiver role, Smith caught 62 passes for 1,143 yards and 10 touchdowns leading Warren to a 14-1 record and a second consecutive state title.

He also led Warren's basketball team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 22.3 points and 6.8 boards per game.

"He always got two or three dunks a game," said Warren coach Ray Scogin. "He's pretty athletic."

In a football game against Pulaski Academy last season, Smith completed 14-of-28 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior, he caught 102 passes and last spring he led Warren¹s 1600-meter relay team to the Class 3A state title.

Smith, who will report to campus in August, received the ultimate honor when his No. 11 jersey was retired by Warren before he even graduated from high school.

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