TE Will Gragg
This is one of the better years for homegrown talent in the Natural State. The Hogs already secured commits from three of the state's top prospects and are hot on the trail of 4-star Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg.
Rated the No. 131 player nationally, No. 4 tight end and the No. 2 prospect in Arkansas, he already has a long offer list that includes the Razorbacks, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss. He has great hands, and his size and speed create mismatches against linebackers. His brother Chris played for Arkansas from 2008-12 and is now on the Buffalo Bills.
Gragg will announce his decision on Sept. 23, his birthday. As of today, the Hogs are in great shape to land him, and 77 percent of the experts on his crystal ball predictions have him choosing Arkansas.
Other top in-state prospects for the Razorbacks are 3-stars K.J. Hill (WR) and Daytrieon Dean (DT).
Hill's recruitment has really begun to pick up, as he holds offers from the Hogs, Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and South Carolina. He has all the intangibles to be a great college receiver, including speed, route running and hands. He has a good motor, and with some work, he could become a valuable addition to the '15 class.
Arkansas has always had a big presence on the recruiting trail in Texas, and 2015 will be no different. High on the board are 4-star offensive tackle Keaton Sutherland and 3-star wideout Jaelan Austin. Sutherland, with some added weight, has the potential to be an anchor in the future for Arkansas, and Austin is a big-play receiver who can stretch defenses.
Tight end is a big need,and along with trying to sign Gragg, the Razorbacks also are pursuing 4-star in-state prospect C.J. O'Grady. If the Hogs can add Gragg and O'Grady, it would be a huge win for the program and for the future at the position.
In addition, 4-star linebacker Roquan Smith is listed on Arkansas' 2015 Big Red Board by Rivals.com and is high on the team's wish list. He was being recruited by Taver Johnson, who left to coach the secondary at Purdue, so that may affect Smith's decision, but the Hogs have plenty of time to raise his interest.
Anthony McKee, a 4-star linebacker from Ohio, is also high on the Hogs' wish list. Arkansas is in desperate need of more linebackers, and McKee would help the depth tremendously. He is a great tackler and plays from sideline to sideline.
Another big O-line prospect Arkansas is chasing is 3-star offensive guard AJ Harris from Kansas. He has a lot of power and very good footwork. He needs to improve on his pass-blocking skills, but he's a good run-blocker and is quick off the snap.
There are many other prospects the Razorbacks are seeking for the '15 class, and landing even half of the guys mentioned would make for a spectacular haul. There's a long way to go until next February, but Arkansas is off to a great start, and the outlook is bright.
Bryan Heater is the featured columnist for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Follow him on Twitter @BHeaterRivals