Varsity Preps

C.J. O’Grady, #7 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

Photo via CJ O’Grady’s Hudl Page


Most players when switching positions take time to overcome the learning curve. C.J. O’Grady destroyed the learning curve. In his first year of playing the position, O’Grady averaged nearly 20 yards per reception, making 45 catches during the 2013 season and totaling for 884 yards and 14 touchdowns. O’Grady didn’t stop there, he earned the title of “Newcomer of the Year” by Northwest Arkansas Media. O’Grady has gone from a potential quarterback recruit, to a for sure Division I tight end.

At 6’4” and 230 pounds, O’Grady is a “prototypical” tight end if there ever was one. He is obviously more of receiving tight end, but the blocking will come along. In this day in age though, the tight end postion is no longer a blocking heavy position. Coaches want their tight ends to be jump-ball threats and reliable targets over the middle of the field, and O’Grady provides just that type of skill set. With O’Grady being covered by linebackers, strength will play a huge role in the success of O’Grady. He shows in his film that he will use that strength and go up physically for the ball so that he can position himself to make the reception. O’Grady also runs fairly crisp routes and has as sure of hands of anyone at his position in the state. This is all very astounding when realizing that this is still O’Grady’s first year to play the position.

O’Grady has not yet earned any offers, but already has some of the top programs in the country looking to evaluate him and potentially extend an offer to him in the next year. All but one of the schools currently expressing interest in O’Grady are from the SEC which speaks to the skill level that O’Grady possesses at the position. Especially since the tight end position has grown in importance in the last 10 years in the SEC.  The list of schools include, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Missouri, and LSU.

Arkansas coaches will have plenty of film and time to evaluate this prospect, seeing that O’Grady plays high school football only about a   mile from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The Verdict: C.J. is a budding star in this class and could soon place himself further up the list, potentially even into the top five. For what he has done so far in his first year, the ceiling on this prospect right now is too high to see. O’Grady will soon be a hot commodity if he stays on the current track that he is on. O’Grady also plays in the 7A, the largest classification in the state, so he isn’t just putting up big numbers on weak competition. O’Grady will be a top 300 player nationally and could potentially be a top 200 player if he keeps on this upward track.

Pros: Strong, Great Body Control, Crisp Routes, High Talent Ceiling, Sure Hands, Needs Multiple Tacklers, Leaping Ability

Cons: Raw, Needing Improvement in Blocking, Speed Against DB’s

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