Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Bielema "down-to-earth", according to Gragg
Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg (7) during an Oct. 4, 2013 game at Hornet Stadium in Bryant.
Dumas tight end Will Gragg experienced his third FaceTime conversation with Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema on Wednesday and said the Hog coach is different from most other coaches.
“He’s more down-to-earth,” Gragg said. “He talks like one of us instead of a head authority or head coach. That makes it a whole lot easier.”
Gragg, 6-4, 247, 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash, is rated the No. 7 tight end and No. 209 prospect in the nation by ESPN. He leaves Monday for The Opening, a four day event that features the 162 of the top prospects in the nation at Nike Headquarters.
He said Bielema hit on several topics.
“He was asking about the workout and The Open and Dumas and how I think I’m going to like it and things outside of football,” Gragg said. “Of course, he touched on the basics of football. He was just asking me about life.”
Gragg, who plans to attend Alabama’s camp this month, has numerous scholarship offers from elite programs like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, Texas, LSU, Oregon and Ole Miss. He plans to take his five official visits and announce his decision Nov. 18.
He said the average FaceTime with Bielema is about five minutes.
“One time, we went over because we got carried away just talking,” Gragg said. “It was about 10, 12 minutes.”