O'Grady's Dream Gets Realized

Fayetteville junior tight end C.J. O'Grady (6-5, 230) now has eight scholarship offers, including the one he picked up from Arkansas on Saturday after taking the short drive for an unofficial visit.

It would be hard to argue that any of the five 2015 football prospects that visited Arkansas last weekend had a better time than Fayetteville's C.J. O'Grady, the son of late former Razorback basketball player Larry Marks.

After all, O'Grady (6-5, 230, 4.8) left with a souvenir – a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks.

"It was really a dream come true for me and I had a great deal of excitement when I found that I had an Arkansas offer," O'Grady said. "As a kid, I grew up loving the Razorbacks and always wanted to get a chance to play either football or basketball for Arkansas like my dad did. Who knows, maybe down the line my son can play at Arkansas, too."

After reading that last paragraph, you probably think that O'Grady is about to become Arkansas' sixth commit of the 2015 class – one that is currently rated seventh nationally.

"My mom (Jenna O'Grady) wanted me to go ahead and commit on the spot, but I am hoping to play in the Under Armour All-American game and want to announce my choice there," O'Grady said Monday night. "I think that is what I want to do."

Arkansas became O'Grady's eighth offer so far with Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisville, Boise State, Wake Forest and Arkansas State having already put ones on the table.

Technically, Texas will become official when Marks – whose dad lettered from Arkansas from 1988-90 and passed away at 33 - travels to Austin this weekend for a visit.

"I love what Arkansas does with its tight ends and you know I love the Razorbacks, but I do want to go around and see these other schools, too," O'Grady said. "I know Oklahoma uses their tight ends and sends them to the NFL so I want to check them out."

O'Grady, who used to be a back-up quarterback, had a breakout year as a junior as he caught 45 passes for 884 yards and a whopping 13 touchdowns last season.

"I really just worked really hard on and off the field to get better," O'Grady said. "It turns out that tight end was a pretty natural position for me and I'm not just going to try and make the most of it."

C.J. O'Grady

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