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Redshirt-junior tight end Will Gragg has decided to leave Arkansas as a graduate-transfer. He informed HawgSports.com of his decision via text Friday morning.

Gragg, who caught five passes for 61 yards as a sophomore in 2017, has his degree and will have two years remaining at his next destination. He said he was given his release to begin talking with other programs earlier Friday morning.

"It's time," Gragg said. "This is something we've been talking about for a little while now, but I wanted to get my degree and I'm leaving with that, so it's time."

Gragg came to Arkansas as a very heavily-recruited prospect in the Class of 2015. The Dumas (Ark.) graduate became the nation's No. 4 tight end and turned down offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, USC and dozens of others when choosing to stay home and play for the Hogs.

Gragg redshirted in his first season in Fayetteville in 2015. He did not record any statistics in 2016 but started to come on in the second half of the 2017 season, recording three receptions for 47 yards against LSU on November 11.

Early in his career with the Hogs, Gragg played behind a Mackey Award winner in Hunter Henry and another current pro tight end in Jeremy Sprinkle.

Gragg is the younger brother of former Razorback and current NFL tight end Chris Gragg.

Even with Gragg's departure, Arkansas still has a deep group of tight ends entering the 2018 season as Cheyenne O'Grady, Jeremy Patton, Austin Cantrell and Grayson Gunter return as scholarship players.

Trey Biddy