Gragg Sets Announcement Date

Pine Bluff junior-to-be Will Gragg (6-3, 240) now has offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss and Alabama and a date he plans to announce his choice - August 1, 2014.

Arkansas will find out where Pine Bluff junior-to-be tight end Will Gragg plans to play his college football on Aug. 1 – of 2014.

Gragg (6-3, 240) said Tuesday that Aug. 1 is significant to him because it's the day when his brother Chris Gragg and fellow Warren standouts turned Arkansas stars Jarius Wright and Greg Childs all announced their college destination.

"That's the date the Warren trio announced," Gragg said. "Just trying to follow in my bros footsteps."

Gragg, whose brother was recently drafted by the Buffalo Bills, got an offer from Arkansas before his ninth grade season.

He added two more offers in the past couple of days from Ole Miss on Saturday and Alabama on Monday after attending their camps.

"It's been crazy," Gragg said Monday after leaving Tuscaloosa.

Next up is Arkansas' Elite Camp on Monday.

"I have a great relationship with the Arkansas coaches, especially (tight ends coach) Coach Barry Lunney," Gragg said. "He is one of my favorites now.

"All the Arkansas coaches are really new to me so nobody has a step ahead of the others," Gragg added. "If (former Arkansas coaches) Coach (Bobby) Petrino and Paul (Petrino) were still here it would be different, but I am just getting to know all these new coaches.

"We are starting from scratch, but we are going to build a great relationship," Gragg continued.

He was very impressed with Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and his coaching staff.

"I really liked their coaching staff and I really feel a good connection with them," Gragg said. "Oxford is also a pretty place and I felt very comfortable in Oxford.

"My tight ends coach Maurice Harris is great and I worked with him all day," Gragg said. "We did some one-on-one and some technique and footwork deals. I think I had a pretty good day.

"He said you had a good day and we are going to offer you a scholarship after you leave and get off campus," Gragg added. "That happened."

Gragg then moved on to Alabama on Sunday and went through the Crimson Tide camp on Monday.

"We did basically the same thing," Gragg said. "I think I even had a better day there than I did at Ole Miss."

That netted him a meeting with Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

"It was like talking to a celebrity or an icon," Gragg said. "It is like talking to the modern day Bear Bryant really. He really is something. He made it clear how big he is on academics and said they were second in the SEC to Vanderbilt in graduation rate."

"We had talked with Coach Saban for about 30 minutes and then took a tour of the place and then left," Gragg said.

"About an hour after that as we were driving back, I started getting all these calls and texts from media people that I didn't know calling and texting me and saying congratulations on an offer that I didn't know I had," Gragg added.

"So I called (Alabama assistant) Coach (Billy) Napier and told him all these people are texting and asked ‘did I really get an offer?' He said I did and it was exciting. The reason I wasn't sure because we left before the camp ended to head back and it is illegal for them to offer you during camp."

Gragg also plans to go to camp at Tennessee and maybe some other places before the summer is out.

"I am definitely going to go to Tennessee and we are really open to anybody that wants us to come," Gragg said.

Gragg said that his family had both a tough and exciting day when they were waiting around for his brother to be taken in the NFL draft.

He was finally picked by Buffalo in the seventh round.

"That was one of the most stressful days of my life," Gragg said. "I love Chris more than anything in the world and to see him worrying and all the insecurity on his face was just wearing me out, too.

"He kept telling me just to hold on and that it was going to be OK, that we were going to get through it," Gragg added. "When he got the call from Buffalo, we just started rejoicing."

No doubt his future college choice will do the same on Aug. 1, 2014.

"It's a really big decision and I have got a lot of time to think about it," Gragg said. "I just feel so blessed to have some many great options."



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