January 22, 2014

With new Vols offer, will Gragg visit UT?

Pine Bluff, Ark., tight end and class of 2015 4-star Will Gragg is no stranger to the SEC and is not a stranger to the recruiting process. A process that is off and running for the 6-4, 235 pound prospect out of Pine Bluff High School.

Gragg's older brother, Chris, played tight end at Arkansas and just finished his rookie season with the Buffalo Bills catching 5 passes including a touchdown. Their cousin is former Tennessee wide receiver and Arkansas native Bret Smith.

Will has heard plenty about the Vols through the years and obviously has been to Fayetteville a lot to see his brother play.

"I have been up there the last five years. I have been up there quite a bit," Gragg said. "I've never been to Tennessee, but I'm probably going to come up for their spring game (April 12)."

Tennessee offered Gragg on Monday.

"I felt like it was coming," Gragg said. "I've been talking to them probably since back in September. Coach (Mark) Elder has been hitting me up on Twitter. We have developed a pretty good relationship."

Despite the frequent trips to see the Razorbacks and suggestions by many that he's a lock for Arkansas, Gragg said that he's interested in other schools.

"I'm pretty wide open," Gragg said. "My brother was there with coach (Bobby) Petrino and all the coaches he played for are gone. It's all new up there and I'm just getting to know them like I am coaches from other schools who are recruiting me."

Alabama, Ole Miss and Louisville join the ranks of Arkansas and Tennessee who have already offered the athlete who feels his ability to do different things is what makes him stand out.

"Schools like my height and versatility. I can beat linebackers off the ball and can go up and get it against a safety," Gragg said. "I'm also well versed in blocking. At Pine Bluff we don't throw it a lot, so if you're going to play on offense you're going to block."

For the younger Gragg, the recruiting process is starting earlier than it did for his older brother. But Will can recall what his brother went through to help aid him in the recruiting experience and he's gotten some advice from his NFL sibling.

"I remember coaches coming in the house and stuff," Will offered. "He tells me to keep an open mind and do what's best for me."

Will Gragg is ranked as the 6th-best tight end in the country. He doesn't have plans to attend many team camps this summer, but does hope to participate in the Rivals.com/UnderArmour Camp Series.

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