Last summer, Will Gragg made headlines when it was announced that Arkansas offered the Pine Bluff tight end a scholarship before his first high school game.
Now, Gragg is going into his junior season with an offer from Alabama.
He announced the offer on Twitter on Monday evening. Al.com reported Gragg was offered after a workout in Tuscaloosa, Ala., that day.
“Just got offered by Alabama! #Blessed Roll Tide!” Gragg tweeted.
Three hours later, he tweeted: “My junior and senior will only be meaner …”
Gragg, who transferred to Pine Bluff last year from Monticello, helped the Zebras reach the 6A state championship game, where they fell 51-44 to Greenwood. “I couldn’t be more happy for him,” Pine Bluff head coach Bobby Bolding said. “We knew there were some special things coming for Will. He has a great work ethic and it is starting to pay off.
“He pick where he wants to go to school now and that is just awesome.”
Gragg has also been offered scholarships from Ole Miss and Arkansas.
“I’m sure there will be more coming,” Bolding said. “I look for big things from Will this year. He has really changed his body over the course over the spring.”
One thing that Gragg, who plays tight end and defensive end, is starting to work on bending his knees — which is so important in football.
“It is something he struggled with last year,” Bolding said. “It is tough for somebody who is tall, but now with that strength you could see it.”
Bolding credited the interest from the SEC schools to Gragg’s size. “He is very athletic and has great hands,” Bolding said. “He just had to develop a little bit. But he hasn’t even begun to touch his ceiling yet, and that’s the exciting part of it.”
Gragg talked with Rivals.com about his meeting with Alabama coach Nick Saban.
“It was like talking to a celebrity. He is an icon,” he said on Rivals.com. He added, according to Al.com: “I like being around a winning program. They have a good group of coaches who will get onto you when you mess up, but then teach you how to do it right. It helps boost your confidence. To be part of something like that with Nick Saban is really an honor.” Gragg’s older brother, Chris, just finished his collegiate career at Arkansas and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of April’s NFL draft. Chris Gragg signed with the Bills last month.
“Shoutout to my bro @W_Gragg7 for putting in work this weekend,” Chris Gragg tweeted. “Making ppl notice all the work me and @Jay_wright4 (Jarius Wright) put in lol…keep grinding.”
Wright, a Minnesota Vikings wide receiver drafted last year, and Chris Gragg played together at Warren High School and Arkansas.
“He is an awesome kid to boot with an awesome personality,” Bolding said. “He just comes from a good family. His mom and dad have done a good job of raising him.”