One of Arkansas’ key offensive targets left on the 2015 recruiting board came away with a favorable impression Saturday of where the 2014 Razorback offense is headed.
Dumas tight end Will Gragg (6-4, 245), a four-star prospect with nearly 50 offers who is set to announce his decision on Sept. 23, offered up his thoughts on Sunday night.
“Yes, they are way more improved,” Gragg said of an Arkansas offense that had two very good quarters and a not-so-good second half.
Sixth-ranked Auburn raced away from a 21-21 halftime tie to down a visiting Arkansas team whose first two touchdowns of the season were passes from Brandon Allen to tight ends Hunter Henry and A.J. Derby.
That is not something that was not lost on Gragg, who played the past two seasons at Pine Bluff before his dad was named Superintendent at Dumas.
“Hunter and Derby both played extremely well and Coach got the ball in their hands,” Gragg said.
The biggest news in the Gragg household over the weekend was former Razorback tight end Chris Gragg – Will’s older brother – making the Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster for a second straight season.
“When Chris called me and told me he made the 53 man, we were ESTATIC!,” the younger Gragg noted.
Arkansas coaches and fans are hoping Gragg follows soon as a Razorback when he announces his choice on Sept. 23 – his 17th birthday – at his high school at 10 a.m.
The mid-term graduate moved that up from Nov. 18 – which would have been after taking all five of his official visits.
“I moved the PC up because I discussed it with my family and we agreed that my birthday would the decision even more special,” Gragg said.
North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill committed to Arkansas on Friday and Gragg showed up for the announcement at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame to support his close friend.
“With K.J. committing to the Hogs, it helps them extremely because we’ve always wanted to play together in college,” Gragg said.
There’s little doubt where Hill wants Gragg to end up being a Razorback.
“He’s probably going to be very soon,” Hill said.
Gragg – who recently took a 3-day unofficial visit to Arkansas with Hill - is currently slated to take official visits to Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas and LSU.
He’ll also attend several Razorback games this season.
Dumas will open its season on Friday night at Mayflower.
“I’m extremely anxious for the season to start,” Gragg said.