Future Razorback O'Grady Ready To Rise Up

Arkansas tight end pledge C.J. O'Grady of Fayetteville caught two touchdown passes in his team's 35-13 scrimmage win over Greenwood on Monday and seems poised for a big season.

Fayetteville tight end and Arkansas 2015 pledge C.J. O'Grady found out earlier this week just how social media may be fun, but is not always clear in getting your point across.

It happened Monday when O'Grady (6-5, 230) tweeted out that he might not want to go to school at Arkansas any more – something that he sent out shortly after news of Razorback quarterback Brandon Allen's truck being a victim of a suspected arsonist.

“I am very solid with Arkansas and that was just a joke and didn't mean anything,” noted O'Grady, the nation's 17th-best tight end nationally according to Scout.com. “I deleted it right away. I know now that I have to watch everything I do.”

O'Grady, the son of late Arkansas basketball player Larry Marks, is coming off a breakout junior season in which he caught 45 passes for 884 yards and 14 touchdowns – something that resulted in him getting 10 offers from BCS schools.

He visited several of those schools – including Ole Miss, Texas and Oklahoma – before deciding staying home and being a Razorback was the best course of action.

“It's just the best fit for me,” O'Grady said Wednesday while being honored at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club. “The Arkansas coaches really use the tight end in their offense and all my friends and family will get a chance to see me play. Also I think the Razorbacks are definitely on their way back up.”

O'Grady – a current 3-star prospect expected to be elevated to a 4-star soon by Scout.com, looked in fine form Monday night when he caught 4 passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-13 scrimmage win over Greenwood.

“I have been working hard on my blocking,” O'Grady said. “The catching just comes natural and I feel like I got off to a good start.”

Fayetteville will open its season Friday, Sept. 5 when it travels to Lawton, Okla., before opening its home slate with North Little Rock on Sept. 12.

The Purple Bulldogs have two quarterbacks – sophomore Taylor Powell (8 of 11 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown) and junior Jack Lindsey (7-of-9, 96 yards, 2 TDs) – battling for snaps.

“Actually it is going to be interchangeable and they are both going to be playing,” O'Grady said. “Actually in the scrimmage, they had to flip a coin to see who was going to be starting. They both have been stepping up and doing their job.”

O'Grady is also a standout basketball player for Fayetteville, something that he believes also helps him on the football field.

“Mainly, conditioning wise because it keeps me in shape, but also transition wise and moving from point A to point B helps me with my elusiveness and acceleration and getting up and down the floor.”

Fayetteville won the 2012 state title, but lost in the first round of the 2013 playoffs – something that stung the team.

“We're trying to build a fire,” O'Grady said. “It was hard losing in the first round of the playoffs and we have just been working on, taking that disappointment of that and trying to build a fire under us and making that a build up to do good for this season.”

Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady

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