Gragg turns heads

Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg even impressed himself at the Under Armour Combine.

Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg is not shy about how well he thinks performed at the Under Armour All-American combine last weekend.

"It was cool," Gragg said. "I got the chance to see how I stacked up against the top players around the nation and it was very competitive.

"Honestly, I felt like I was the best tight end there, so I felt good about my performance. I was turning a lot of heads with the way I got off the line, beat linebackers off the ball and was able to go over the safeties."

Gragg, a 2015 prospect, has Arkansas as one of his top three schools. The other two schools on that list are Alabama and Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-4, 247-pound tight plans to visit two of his top three schools in the spring and the other in the summer. Although he is far from making his final decision, Gragg said he enjoyed representing the Natural State at the combine for underclassmen in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"It meant a lot to represent Arkansas in the state of Florida where me and Ty (Storey) were the only Arkansas boys," Gragg said. "There were a lot of boys from Alabama and Florida and Georgia, but not Arkansas. So it meant a lot to be one of the two guys representing Arkansas."

Gragg, a four-star prospect, is confident in the way Arkansas coach Bret Bielema uses tight ends, as well as his ability to turn around the program.

"I think it's going to be solid with Hunter and Sprinkle and those guys," Gragg said. "And Coach B used a lot of tight ends at Wisconsin, I mean he has three of them in the league.

"I'm not really looking at the win-loss record too much right now because I know they are going to have struggles, but I think it's going to be surprising for people to see them moving forward."

He is also confident in what the Crimson Tide has to offer as well, however. Alabama has been in a BCS Bowl in five of the last six seasons, including winning three BCS national championships. Gragg said he thinks he would have the opportunity to help continue Alabama's success.

"They have (freshman tight end) O.J. Howard and he made a lot of plays," Gragg said. "They use two tight ends a lot, so I would have the chance to get on the field early for them.

"They might not throw it to them as much as Arkansas does, but they get them the ball still. And I may be able to get on the field and block for some of the other playmakers, too."

Still, Gragg could see himself making a difference early if he played for the Razorbacks.

"I want to get on the field early and as quickly as possible so I can make plays," he said. "If I choose Arkansas, I think Hunter and I could make a lot of plays together."

Gragg said his relationship with several Arkansas players because of his brother, Chris, and his other visits to campus also help the Razorbacks' chances to land him.

"I wouldn't have to learn a lot their names and things like that," Gragg said. "I know I am going to have to learn who people are and how things work wherever I go, but I would say that helps give Arkansas an upper hand, since I already know the staff and the players and the personnel."

Fans of the Razorbacks have become a bit notorious for being aggressive on social media. When considering who pressures him the most, Gragg said the answer was "Arkansas, easy."

"I didn't even know Arkansas had that many fans on Twitter and social media like that," he said. "It's pretty crazy. They make up probably 60 or 70 percent of my following.

"They ask me to ‘stay home' and ‘continue the legacy' and things like that. I would say I do enjoy it because I know I could very easily have no attention at all, so I'm thankful for it. I just take it all as fun."

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