For the second straight recruiting class, the University of Arkansas is poised to land the state's…
Grady Ollison talks in-depth of decision
"First and foremost growing up I've always been a huge Arkansas fan," said Grady Ollison. "My Dad would tell me stories of uncle Tony (Ollison) playing there. Plus, I wanted to represent my home state." Tony Ollison, who also played at Malvern High, was a four year letterman at Arkansas. He also played defensive lineman and started both seasons as an upperclassman. Nephew Grady, however, isn't just following in his uncle's footsteps. He sees many things to like in Fayetteville. "I've been up there eight times now," said Ollison. "I love the city, the campus, and the facilities. The staff is great. Steve Caldwell (the defensive line coach) is up-tempo, which I like. Coach Petrino, I believe, will bring the program a national championship." Currently, Ollison has offers from Tulsa and Arkansas. With a big showing at camps in Little Rock and Fort Worth, he was starting to receive strong interest from other programs around the country. Arkansas offered in March, and Ollison felt the time was now to commit. "It doesn't matter who offers me from this point on," said Ollison. "I'm a Razorback and have always wanted to be a Razorback. There wasn't any point in waiting. I wanted to go ahead and make it public." Ollison is coming off a year where he made 52 tackles, nine sacks, had a blocked punt, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. "I think Arkansas recruited me for my size, speed, agility, and quickness," said Ollison. "I have the mindset that I can get to the quarterback every time. I have the strength to play inside and think I do a good job reading the defense and stopping the run." At Malvern, the Leopards went 4-7 in Ollison's sophomore year, but turned things around to 9-4 last year making it to the third round of the state playoffs. "I'm very happy with the way things are going at Malvern," Ollison said. "Coach (John) Fogleman has quickly got things going in the right direction. As a senior I want to make one of the All-American games, Under Amour or Army, and make All-Conference, and All-State. The biggest thing, and most important, is for me to help the team win State." Malvern plays Ollison at defensive end and right tackle. There is speculation that Ollison may move inside to defensive tackle at Arkansas. At the present, Ollison isn't worried about what going to happen his first year on campus in Fayetteville. "I'm just going in and do the best I can," said Ollison. "As long as I'm getting a good education it doesn't matter to me if I have to redshirt my first year. I plan on studying Criminal Justice as my major." Ollison plans to attend Arkansas' two and a half day camp this summer and the senior camp at Ole Miss. He is currently in spring practice with the Leopards. He lists his time in the 40 at 4.9 and his bench max at an even 300.
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