O'Grady Uses Arm to Lead Fayetteville to Win

Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady caught five passes for 95 yards and one touchdown in the Bulldogs' 43-33 win over North Little Rock, but his go-ahead touchdown pass was the highlight of the night.

Arkansas commit C.J. O’Grady caught a touchdown in Fayetteville’s 43-33 win over North Little Rock Friday, but he used his arm to make the biggest play of the night.

The three-star tight end, who played quarterback at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville, took a handoff on a reverse before pulling up and throwing a 10-yard touchdown to quarterback Taylor Powell.

“It reminded me of the Ramay days,” O’Grady said. “I didn’t warm up at all. I kind of just threw it and I thought I threw it late, but I got it to him and we scored. It was a great feeling.”

The play gave the Bulldogs a one-point lead with under five minutes left in the game and a two-point conversion, along with another touchdown, led to a Fayetteville victory in the highest-profile game of the night in Arkansas.

North Little Rock is led by four-star wide receiver and Arkansas commit K.J. Hill, but the Charging Wildcats have a pair of other Division I prospects: running back D.J. Brown (committed to Northern Illinois) and offensive lineman Austin Blair (committed to Louisiana-Monroe).

“We went into the game respecting our opponent,” O’Grady said. “We knew they were good. It all started in practice. We did our scouting report, worked hard every day and came out on top.”

On top of the 10-yard touchdown pass, O’Grady had five receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown.

“C.J. is a player,” Fayetteville head coach Daryl Patton said. “I thought he stepped up and played well. C.J. is a big part of our team.”

While O’Grady has been committed to Arkansas since the summer, he has been busy recruiting other top players to the Razorbacks.

Most notably, he has been talking to four-star Dumas tight end Will Gragg and three-star Nashville wide receiver LaMichael Pettway, the two highest-profile uncommitted in-state recruits.

“I’m trying to get Will to come up here,” O’Grady said. “I’m texting him every once in a while. Also, I spoke with (Pettway) when we played Nicholls State and I think we have a pretty good chance of getting him.”

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