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.
Fayetteville tight end offered by UA
Fayetteville quarterback CJ O'Grady (15) makes a pass attempt during the annual spring Purple-White game Friday, May 24, 2013, at Harmon Stadium.
Fayetteville tight end C.J. O’Grady got what he wanted Saturday when he received a scholarship offer during his visit to Arkansas.
O’Grady and his mother, Jessika met with Razorbacks Coach Bret Bielema in his office and was told about the offer.
“A great deal of excitement went through my head, because it’s always been my dream to play as a Razorback,” O’Grady said. “That’s what my dad did, and I’ve lived here all my life watching them play and being a fan.”
O’Grady, 6-4, 235 pounds, 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash, is the son of the late Larry Marks, who played basketball for Arkansas in the late1980s.
O’Grady was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas team after playing his first season at tight end and recording 45 receptions for 884 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season.
He also has offers from Oklahoma, Louisville, Mississippi, Wake Forest, Boise State, Arkansas State, Memphis and Southern Miss. He also is expected to pick up an offer from Texas when he visits the Longhorns next weekend.
O’Grady said his mother is ready for him to be a Hog.
“She wanted me to commit right there on the spot,” said O’Grady, who wants to wait and possibly announce his college decision during the Under Armour All-American game if he is chosen to play in the game. “She’s always been an Arkansas fan.”
Sports, Pages 33 on 02/23/2014