Midnight Madness

When the recruiting period opened at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday night/Sunday morning, Pine Bluff junior Will Gragg - who has an offer from Arkansas and will see the Razorbacks play Saturday in Little Rock - got a lot of attention.

If there was any doubt in his mind that he was a highly-sought after player, Pine Bluff junior tight end Will Gragg (6-4, 245) had that eliminated last Saturday night/Sunday morning. College coaches could begin making contact with juniors at 12:01 a.m. and they certainly made their interest known to Gragg, the younger brother of former Arkansas and current Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gragg.

"It was really crazy when it came time for the start of when college coaches could start contacting you on Sept. 1," Gragg said. "Between 12:01 and 12:17, I got texts and facebook messages from 23 coaches. It made me feel really good that all those teams wanted to contact me as soon as they could."

Gragg already has offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

"I get the idea that I am about to have a few more after hearing from all those coaches," Gragg said.

Gragg, whose team opens its season Friday night by hosting Fort Smith Northside, will be one of the prospects on hand for Arkansas' game with Samford in Little Rock on Saturday night.

"I didn't get to see Arkansas' game live, but I read where they ran for almost 300 yards and passed for over 200 so that's a very good balance," Gragg said. "It certainly got my attention that they threw the ball to the tight ends – Hunter Henry and Jeremy Sprinkle – a lot that first game."

Chris Gragg will also be opening his season this week as the Bills host the New England Patriots at noon.

The older Gragg, who was a seventh-round pick, was on the bubble for a roster spot going into camp.

"Last Friday he texted me that he had made the team and we were all very excited," Will Gragg said. "He treated it like it was just trying to work hard and earn his job. Really the hard part is out of the way for him now. Now he can try his best to do what he can with the playing time he gets ns just try to contribute."

There was a new NFL Sunday Ticket package sold this week in Pine Bluff.

"Once he made the team, we got that this week," Gragg said.

The younger Gragg has plans to attend Arkansas' game with Texas A&M in Fayetteville and go to several other places this fall.

"We are going to several Arkansas games and also going to go to games at Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee," Gragg said. "It should be a lot of fun."

Other prospects expected to be on hand for Saturday's Arkansas game include five Razorback commits in North Little Rock senior tailback Juan Day (6-1, 210), El Dorado senior defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (6-2. 320), Shreveport, La., Evangel wide receiver Jared Cornelius (6-2, 190), Junction City junior defensive end Jamario Bell (6-6, 235) and Conway junior offensive lineman Colton Jackson (6-6, 290).

Arkansas will also be hosting the Shreveport senior duo of safety Santos Ramirez (6-2, 180) - who has a Razorback offer - and defensive end Chris Bradley (6-2, 250), Lonoke senior wide receiver Blake Mack (6-4, 180), Russellville athlete Jalen Curtis,, Maumelle defensive end Justin Donnerson, Morrilton wide receiver Toney Hawkins.

Also slated to be on hand are Star City sophomore defensive tackle Austin Capps (6-5, 295) – a 2016 prospect who already has an Arkansas offer.

Several other 2015 prospects are also scheduled to show up in North Little Rock wideout K.J. Hill (6-1, 180), Little Rock Catholic junior athlete D.J. Brown, Highland athlete Avery Johnson, Glen Rose tailback Carlos Burton, Conway kicker Matt Cummings, Maumelle cornerback Nick Ingram, Watson Chapel linebacker Quatntin Douglas

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