One Big Leopard

Grady Ollison, Jr.

Over the weekend, Malvern defensive tackle Grady Ollison, Jr. (6-4, 273, 4.9) got word that he will have a chance to follow in his uncle Tony's footsteps at the University of Arkansas if he so chooses.

To say that the University of Arkansas coaching staff has impressed Malvern defensive lineman Grady Ollison would be a bit of an understatement.

Ollison (6-4, 273, 4.9), who got a scholarship offer from the UA this weekend, took in some Razorback games this past season and was one of several unofficial visitors on campus this past Saturday.

"To tell the truth, I see a couple of national championships in the next 10 years," Ollison said. "The coaching staff is doing a wonderful job, really know what they are doing and really building the program to a championship level. I really like all those coaches."

Ollison, whose uncle Tony played for the Razorbacks from 1987-1990, will have a chance to be a part of that if he so chooses after picking up his first offer this weekend.

The Leopards standout is one of nine in-state players in the 2011 class that have been offered.

"I feel great about it, very happy," Ollison said. "To tell you the truth, I am proud of myself for working hard to get to this point."

He got a tour of the campus on Saturday courtesy of UA head coach Bobby Petrino and Razorback assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Horton.

"The visit went great," Ollison said. "The other recruits and I got there and Coach Petrino and Coach Horton let us know how the day would go. We went on tour of the campus, got to see the weight room and all the facilities…Got to see the basketball game. They also went over all the academic stuff with us, what all majors were available and stressed that (academics) were extremely important.

"I really, really like all those coaches," Ollison said. "They are just all very impressive."

Ollison is also getting interest from Ole Miss, Kansas State and UCLA and getting advice from his dad Grady, Sr. and Malvern head coach David Alpe.

"My dad and my coach have both told me to keep my options open and not to commit too early, but also not wait too late," Ollison said. "I think I am going to let that be my guide during the recruiting process."

He had 8 sacks among his 49 tackles last season for Malvern, who finished 9-4 and lost in the third round of the state playoffs to Lonoke.

"I think my strengths are my speed and quickness and my strength and size," Ollison said. He has heard plenty about his uncle Tony's time at Arkansas.

"Everybody that has talked to me about him says that it was a great player and also a great person during his time there," Ollison said. "That's great to hear. That's what I want them to say about me, too."





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