Gragg Says There's Nothing Like Home

Dumas tight end Will Gragg (6-4, 245), one of eight committed prospects to take official visits to Arkansas this weekend, will sign his Financial Aid-Agreement with the Razorbacks early this week and be able to go through on-campus bowl workouts with his new team beginning Saturday.

Less than a week from now, Dumas tight end Arkansas pledge Will Gragg will take the field for his first Razorback practice.

Gragg (6-5, 245) will go through his first workout Saturday after earlier in the week signing his Financial-Aid Agreement with the Razorbacks and taking his final high school tests.

“This is just home,” noted Gragg, one of eight official visitors to Arkansas this past week. “There is no place like home and nothing beats home.”

His decision to follow in the footsteps of his brother - former Razorback and current Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gragg - has thrilled those around him.

“I think it made not only made my family happy, but the people we associate with, the people we live with and just the whole state of Arkansas proud,” Gragg said.

Gragg - who had around 50 scholarship offers - worried Arkansas fans when he took a recent official visit to Ole Miss when the Rebels were hosting Mississippi State in a rivalry game known as the Egg Bowl.

“I ain’t going to lie, I had to rethink some things after I came from Ole Miss and that Egg Bowl atmosphere with them guys out there winning it big and them showing me a good time, but in the end there is no way I could have went anywhere else,” Gragg added.

“They are genuine people here and something with my brothers - (fellow Arkansas pledge) K.J. (Hill) and people like that - and I thought it was real special,” Gragg said.

Hill, the electrifying wide receiver from North Little Rock and Gragg’s best friend, has stated his intention to take official visits in January to Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.

“He was actually planning on coming, but they had a basketball tournament and he (said he) was missing out, but going to get his,” Hill said.

Gragg, whose host this weekend was Arkansas freshman tailback Juan Day, said don’t worry because Hill will be a Razorback.

“I wouldn’t enroll early at one place where I didn’t think he would come,” Gragg said. “He is just going and taking visits. They are free. You get the hospitality like this, you get free food. It is just vacation.”

Gragg, who got to watch Arkansas practice on Saturday, is excited about the opportunity to get in some workouts next week with the Razorbacks.

The NCAA allows you to practice on campus if you are a mid-term enrollee, have completed your high school courses and have signed an FAA with the school. He and Charleston quarterback Ty Storey will go through the workouts while Texas prep center Zach Rogers and Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean are both injured and will just look on.

The fifth FAA signee - Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy defensive end Hjalte Froholdt - will be home in Denmark during the workouts.

“I think it should be real good for me personally so I can go on and get a head start and see how they do practices,” Gragg said. “It is probably one of the more important weeks with it being bowl practice.

“They said I could get some work in and get some developmental work with the walk ons and the redshirt people,” Gragg added. “I think it will be good for me to see things and how they run practice.”

Gragg said the coaches expect him to make a significant impact next season.

“They told me that way back when,” Gragg said. “They told me that I would have the opportunity to play. That was a big thing around here - tight ends have a lot of opportunities and it is your job to capitalize on them.

“That’s all I wanted is an opportunity to get on the field early, get in the weight room and show them that I am an elite athlete and it’s not just hype,” Gragg added.

Gragg was one of eight committed Arkansas players that took official visits this weekend.

He joined the Fayetteville duo tight end C.J. O’Grady and defender Dre Greenlaw, Conway offensive lineman Colton Jackson, Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean, Highland wide receiver Deon Stewart and Dallas Bishop Lynch tailback Rawleigh Williams and Jacksonville, Fla., University offensive lineman Josh Allen.

“It was a pretty good weekend,” Gragg said. “Everything was on the up. Most of the stuff I had seen before from an educational side, but being at the Catfish Hole (restaurant) and seeing all those Razorback fans was pretty good.

“I am a big man and I like to eat so the Catfish Hole,” Gragg added. “Everything was free and they kept bringing out lots and lots of stuff so that was pretty cool.”

Gragg, O’Grady and Roland, Okla., star Austin Cantrell are the three tight ends in the class although Cantrell is likely to be used as a fullback and H-back as well.

“We (Gragg and O’Grady) just have a great overall relationship,” Gragg said. “We are going to be business partners for the next four years. It is to establish that and be around good people. He is one of the most classiest people I have ever been around so it is good to have good vibes coming from business partners.”





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