Arkansas' tight ends may have only caught two passes in Saturday's win over Samford, but junior tight end Will Gragg of Pine Bluff was impressed by what he saw from the sidelines of War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Gragg's lead recruiter, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., made it a point to have Gragg pay close attention to how his guys were used against the Bulldogs. Gragg said he's glad he got to see the Hogs stay on a winning track, but more importantly, check out the position he'll be playing in college.
I saw them use the tight ends a lot for most of the game. They had a lot of two tight ends and that was good to see, but sometimes they even had three in there," Gragg said.B" efore the game, Coach Lunney told me I was going to see how they use the tight ends because I wasn't there for the first game. So, it was good to see that and not just one guy. They had different packages where they'd have different people in for different situations.
"I want to play immediately. Well, if I'm not ready then I wouldn't mind redshirting, but off the top, I want to play. If I have a guy that's two or three years ahead of me, normally I would have to wait my turn. But it looks like in this case that I would get a chance to play right away, and that's big for me."
Gragg, who owns offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss, was pleased with how the Razorbacks responded late in the game after trailing 21-17.
"They (Samford) had that quick 14-0 start and then they (Arkansas) hit the brakes and went into cruise control," Gragg said. "Once the offense stopped getting first downs, Samford starting capitalizing. About midway through the third quarter Arkansas said, 'Well, I guess we better start playing again.' I was never really worried about it, but they gave them a little scare there.
"My brother Chris kept calling me during the game. He called me about three or four times, just worried sick about the score. I told him Samford was up 21-17 and he said, "Oh, Lord." Then I told him they went ahead and won it, so he was pretty relieved.
Gragg said one of the biggest highlights of the weekend was being able to see North Little Rock (Ark.) wide receiver K.J. Hill receive an offer from the Razorbacks.
"In my opinion he's the best receiver in the state, hands down, bar none," Gragg said. "That's like one of my brothers, we're real close. I know his parents and they know mine. He was just reliefed to finally get the offer. After I saw what he did Friday, I was thinking it's about time they offered.
"When Coach Bielema offered him, you could just see his whole demeanor change. K.J. is an outgining guy, but when that offer came, he was really fired up. I think he really wanted it a lot."
Gragg had 5 receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown last weekend.