Recruits reflect on their Thanksgiving favorites

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
El Dorado News-Times/Michael Orrell -- El Dorado's Bijhon Jackson tracks Mountian Home's Andrew Stolpe in the first round of the 6A state playoffs at Memorial Stadium in El Dorado on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
Photo by Michael Orrell
El Dorado News-Times/Michael Orrell -- El Dorado's Bijhon Jackson tracks Mountian Home's Andrew Stolpe in the first round of the 6A state playoffs at Memorial Stadium in El Dorado on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

— In Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, several Arkansas recruits and one commitment gave insight about their Thanksgiving plans and some of the most memorable times during the holiday.

Pine Bluff sophomore tight end Will Gragg, who has a scholarship offer from Arkansas, said one of the more usual Thanksgivings was when the majority of the family left early.

"We're real big Dallas Cowboys fans," Gragg said. "I guess it was a couple of years ago and I guess the Cowboys were winning at halftime and everybody cut off the game and they ended up losing and everyone was walking around sick and everybody left and just left the food there. It was crazy. We had about twenty-five and we ended up with about eight."

Gragg, who said he's looking forward to his grandmother Lou Griddine's deep fried turkey with a special batter, is appreciative of family and life's gifts.

"I'm just thankful for all the opportunities and blessings God has given me," Also, a great family and support group he blessed me with."

A 2014 Hog commitment, quarterback Rafe Peavey of Bolivar, Missouri said he's looking forward to indulging ham, mashed potatoes and homemade macaroni and cheese but will be saving room for his grandmother's special dessert.

"She makes her blueberry pie, it's like delicious," Peavey said. "She makes it from scratch."

El Dorado junior defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson said his favorite dish is his grandmother's dressing.

"She puts squash in it," Jackson said. "I know a lot of people don't put squash in but I like the squash dressing."

Jackson who has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss and Arkansas State, said the family will probably have traditional turkey this year.

"Sometimes my mom makes turducken," Jackson said. "The duck is stuffed inside the turkey with a little rice and roll it up I think she's only going with the regular turkey this year."

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