O'Grady Chooses Arkansas

Fayetteville High's C.J. O'Grady became Arkansas' ninth commitment for the class of 2015 on Wednesday.

Fayetteville (Ark.) High's C.J. O'Grady became Arkansas' ninth commitment for the class of 2015 on Wednesday.

The three-star tight end announced his decision on Twitter.



"Just made one of the biggest decisions of my life," O'Grady tweeted along with a picture of himself with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema. "Committed to the Razorbacks!"

O'Grady (6-5, 230, 4.8) is rated as the No. 22 tight end prospect in the country for his class and he is the second tight end to commit to Arkansas for the 2015 class, after Roland (Okla.) High's Austin Cantrell, the No. 20 tight end in the country.

"I chose Arkansas because it is close to home and won't be difficult for my family to come see me play," O'Grady said. "I also chose Arkansas because I know they have struggled a little bit in the past few years and I wanted to try and help bring things to the table to build something strong for this team."

Last season, O'Grady caught 45 passes for 884 yards and 14 touchdowns for Fayetteville.

He is the son of former Razorback basketball player Larry Marks, who played for Nolan Richardson from 1988-90.

"I've always been a fan and I wanted to try and start a legacy," O'Grady said. "My dad went here, I'm going here, and maybe someday my kids will go here."

He chose the Razorbacks over offers from 10 other schools, including Oklahoma, Texas, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Oregon.

He noted Bielema - who has five tight ends in the NFL - was thrilled at the news.

"He had the biggest smile on his face and nearly crushed me when giving me a hug," O'Grady said.





Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and new commit C.J. O'Grady.





O'Grady makes a catch during his junior season.


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