Greenville senior offensive lineman Nick Conwell shouldn’t have any problem learning his position when he heads to Henderson State (Ark.) next season.

Conwell not only earned all-District 12-4A honors as a guard with the Lions in 2005 but was also selected to the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Academic All-State Football Team.

“You’ve got to be smart to play,” said Conwell, with a smile.

Conwell signed a letter of intent with the Reddies this week after visiting three NCAA Division II universities, including Henderson State, Northeastern Oklahoma State and Southern Arkansas University.

“I just like the town (Arkadelphia, Ark.) I guess,” he said. “The campus was nice.”

Jimmie Brooks, who was Conwell’s head coach with the Lions, said the 6-3, 295-pound Conwell will do real well with the Reddies.

“Nick’s got a really good technique,” said Brooks. “He’s got the size. He’s really got the aptitude for being an offensive lineman. He’s got a little bit of an ornery streak.”

Conwell, a two-year starter for the Lions, was one of 34 players who’ve signed national letters of intent with Henderson State. The list includes 14 high school seniors, 18 junior college transfers and two transfers from NCAA Division I. Ten of the 14 high school seniors are from Texas.

“We are very pleased to announce an outstanding group of young men have signed national letters of intent to play football at Henderson State University,” said Scott Maxfield, the Reddies’ head coach. “Physically speaking, this class is very impressive. We have addressed needs along the defensive and offensive fronts and added a nice mix of talented skill position players. Our main focus was finding players with speed.”

The Reddies, who are members of the Gulf South Conference, went 3-8 last season.