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.
O'Grady commits to Hogs
Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady (15) carries the ball after making a catch during the annual spring Purple-White game Friday, May 30, 2014, at Harmon Stadium in Fayetteville.
Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady has announced his commitment to Arkansas on Twitter.
O’Grady, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash, picked the Hogs over scholarship offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Missouri, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville and others. Video highlights CLICK HERE
As a junior he recorded 45 receptions for 884 yards and 8 touchdowns, and was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Team in his first year to play tight end.
He is the Hogs' ninth commitment in the class of 2015. Verbal commitments are non-binding.
O'Grady said he chose to be a Hog because it's close to home and he wants to help get Arkansas back to their winning ways. He wants to start a legacy. His father, Larry Marks played at Arkansas and said maybe his kids will be Hogs one day.
When he committed, he said Coach Bret Bielema had a big smile on his face and nearly crushed him with a big hug. His mother is on board with his decision.
O'Grady said he and tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. have a great relationship. He said Lunney is one of the type guys you meet and you know he's a good person.
He said Bielema's track record of sending tight ends to the NFL had a huge impact.