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Will Gragg, #1 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

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Not very often that a top recruit in any state would be playing the postion of tight end. Will Gragg though, has done just that. The junior tight end from Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff HS) has already had some of the top programs in college football stopping by and taking a look at him. At 6’4” and 248 pounds, Gragg is an imposing force in the 6A, Arkansas’ second largest classification.

A good edge blocker on defensive ends and linebackers, Gragg has impressed many with his overall blocking ability. A player with his athleticism may not want to block and get down in the trenches but Gragg has shown that he can be a nasty blocker just like the lineman along side of him. When the ball gets to Gragg though, it takes a posse of defenders to take him down. In the 6A semifinals against Greenwood, a team that had won 50 straight games, Gragg pulled seven Greenwood defenders along with him before he was taken down. Although he dropped a couple of balls in that semifinal game against Greenwood, Gragg has also been a consistent receiver throughout his young career. Gragg is also Pine Bluff’s punt returner.

All four of Gragg’s scholarship offers are from SEC schools. He holds offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt. Arkansas, Alabama and Ole Miss all offered before the start of his junior season.

Will also comes from a tight end lineage. His brother Chris Gragg of the Buffalo Bills was a prolific receiving tight end for the University of Arkansas from 2008-2013.

Gragg and his Pine Bluff Zebra teammates will be taking part in the Arkansas 6A State Championship game tomorrow in Little Rock.

The Verdict: Gragg is showing all signs of being an elite TE prospect. He has the size, speed and athleticism to play at the SEC level. Much different player than his brother. Better blocker at this point in his career than where his brother was in high school. An offense with some sort of power running game would greatly complement Gragg’s abilities. Gragg could be a dangerous weapon out of play action if placed in that style of play.

Pros: Big physical tight end, Good blocking on edge, Solid hands, Tough to take down, High athleticism, Fast for position

Cons: Can drop some balls

Also check out the rest of the Arkansas 25 for 2015 here on Varsity Preps:

http://www.varsitypreps.com/arkansas-football-2015-top-25/

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