All of the Arkansas recruiting reporters last night reported highly sought 4* tight end Will Gragg from Pine Bluff, the brother of former Hog and current Buffalo Bill Chris Gragg, will not be taking an official visit to Arkansas. Gragg announced his plans as of now are to take his visits to Texas, Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida State, and LSU.
However, Gragg would not say that he had eliminated the Razorbacks. He said he didn't feel the need to take a visit to Fayetteville because he's visited the campus so often through the last several years (most recent visit was for the spring game) that he didn't think it was necessary.
I have no top schools. Any rumors of me having a top whatever is completely false.
I have no top schools. Any rumors of me having a top whatever is completely false.— Spook (@W_Gragg7) May 20, 2014
Now, your reaction to this is probably dependent on your level of homerism/cynicism, but I don't see any way to spin this as good news.
Even if Gragg had visited campus a zillion times, you'd think he'd still want to take the official if he was seriously considering Arkansas. Wouldn't you want to spend a free weekend hanging out on a major college campus with the players and coaches you're considering committing the next few years of your life to? Regardless, do highly recruited players even really learn much on official visits if they've already been to places for unofficials?
Who knows. Maybe all this will change if Arkansas wins some games this year. Couldn't hurt.
The Razorbacks do already have a commitment at tight end from Austin Cantrell and have offered Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady. They also have a commitment from Junction City star Jamario Bell, who 247 has rated as the #1 tight end in the country, but may also be expected to play defensive end.
The other interesting bit of recruiting news over the last few days is the possible signing of juco linebacker Josh Williams.
Apparently, it's possible for Williams, 6-2, 240, 4.43, to enroll at Arkansas this summer and play this fall if his paperwork is accepted.
Obviously, Arkansas is in desperate need of quality linebackers and it appears Williams might be able to help out in that regard. He would have four years to play three seasons.
He's originally from south Florida and played high school football with Alex Collins and Arkansas linebacker signee Randy Ramsey.
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