Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Hogs' offense pleases Gragg
Pine Bluff sophomore tight end Will Gragg, right, runs a blocking drill Wednesday, June 13, 2012, on teammate Jamison Murry during an offensive line camp at Mountie Stadium in Rogers.
Arkansas fans and recruits have been curious to see what the Hogs' new offense would look like for the 2013 season. The reviews from prospects, including sophomore tight end Will Gragg were positive after Saturday's Red-White spring game.
"It was good as always we got to see the type of style they're going to play the type of football they're going to play," Gragg said. "They passed it more than I thought they would. So that was good. They did a lot of inline stuff."
Gragg, 6-4, 238, 4.7 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Pine Bluff was one of the better performers at Arkansas' June camp last summer and received a scholarship offer for his showing. He rated his visit high.
"I talked to the coaches and they're always good," said Gragg, who's the younger brother of former Hog tight end Chris Gragg. "I met some of the players and ate with them. Overall, it was A-plus."
He kept a close eye on the play of the Razorback tight ends.
"They did a lot of play action stuff where they would fake like they're blocking," Gragg said. "I know the first couple of balls went to Austin Tate then a couple went to (Alex) Voelzke and then (Jeremy) Sprinkle had that big touchdown."
The word "commitment" was tossed around by the Arkansas coaches, said Gragg.
"They sort did but it was like in a joking way," Gragg said. "They were laughing but there wasn't anything serious. I'm keeping my options open right now."
Gragg showed up leaner and more defined for Saturday's visit. He credits Zebras Coach Bobby Bolding's offseason workouts for his new look.
"Coach Bolding has us doing some stuff we've never done before," he said. "I guess it's working. I'm just continuing to keep getting leaner and keep my weight but changing my body form."