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.
Visit helps Hogs with Gragg
Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg runs during the Zebras' Sept. 6, 2013 game against Fort Smith Northside.
Talking to the Arkansas coaches, fans and the tight end play highlighted tight end Will Gragg’s trip for last Saturday’s Red-White game.
Gragg, 6-4, 247, 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Pine Bluff reports 38 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn,Texas, LSU, Kentucky, Oregon, Ole Miss and Oklahoma.
Tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. gave him heads up on what to expect during the game.
“It was straight, seeing they how use the tight ends,” Gragg said. “They used a lot of two tight ends because Coach Lunney said because of the depth the way it was they couldn’t run three tight end sets. He was asking if everything was good and telling me what the tight ends would be doing for the day.”
He liked seeing tight ends Hunter Henry and A.J. Derby running deep vertical routes.
“Yeah, anytime you get the chance to make a play on a deep ball, you want to be in that situation,” Gragg said.
Gragg, who’s rated the No. 7 tight end prospect in the nation by ESPN, spoke to Coach Bret Bielema.
“He was reassuring me about all the things we had talked about like them passing the ball,” Gragg said. “I met up with him after Deon (Stewart) had committed so he was juiced up about that. We were building that relationship like we always do.”
He said he and Bielema have an outstanding relationship.
“It’s an A plus ,” he said. “I can always talk to him about anything on my mind. Some people are intimidated my a head coach, but I don't feel that way at all. If I have a question I’m going to ask it.”
The Razorback fans showered him with attention.
“They were asking me if I was going to come there,” Gragg said.
The trip helped the Hogs’ efforts in landing him, said Gragg, who plans to visit LSU on May 31.
“Oh yeah, every time I come to Fayetteville, it always helps,” he said.