(This is a continuation in a series of local players and coaches chosen for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association all-star games.)
Conway's Brian Wofford is going into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association all-star week to prove a point.
Wofford, a 2009 graduate of Conway High, was chosen for the East all-stars football team this spring. He earned all-conference the past three seasons and led the Wampus Cats in tackles while earning all-state honors last fall. However, Wofford feels like there is something missing to his high school career -- a college scholarship offer.
Wofford has heard stories of seniors who have graduated in the spring without scholarship offers, but get offers from college coaches after all-star week. Wofford is hoping that he can tell others about a similar story.
"I am going up there to work my butt off," Wofford said. "I know that this is my last time for those college coaches to see what I can do, so I'm going to do my best and go out 100 percent on every play. I know the college coaches watch the film of the practices, so that's when I'm going to start -- in the first drills of practice."
Since Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is under construction due to turf installation, the all-star football game on June 26 has been moved to Bentonville High's stadium. John Wofford was hoping to see his son run out of the tunnel at Razorback Stadium, but he's thrilled that he has one more high school game to watch.
"Of course, Bentonville's stadium is not like Razorback Stadium, but we're excited and proud of what Brian has accomplished," John Wofford said. "His sister is his loudest cheerleader and his grandparents will also be there cheering, so he'll have a good little section. We're glad that he's being recognized for what he did in high school. This is kind of the conclusion to his high school career."
Wofford said he wants to walk-on to the University of Central Arkansas if he doesn't receive any offers, but that decision is a Plan B.
"I'm going in all-star week totally focused on what I have to do," Wofford said. "Some people have a scholarship already and they've signed, but I'm still fighting for one. That's my plan is to really outwork the next person in practice and hopefully the coaches will see that."
Wofford, who played linebacker at Conway, is hoping to play that position in the all-star game, since that's his projected position in college.
"I've been hitting the weights and running pretty hard since April," Wofford said. "I'm just trying to get bigger and stronger because I know it's some big dudes up there in college. I want to redshirt, but I'm looking forward to the challenge on the next level."