(Middle) TE Will Gragg
If the Hogs have to peg one prospect as a must-get, it would be Arkansas native and 4-star tight end Will Gragg. Not just because the Razorbacks are in need of tight ends, but also because they can't afford to lose out on another top-three prospect in their own backyard.
In 2012, it was 4-star running back Altee Tenpenny, and in 2014, it was 4-star defensive tackle Josh Frazier, who both opted to take their talents to Tuscaloosa.
Guess who's considered to be Arkansas' biggest threat to lure away Gragg? Yep, he's definitely not a gimme for the Hogs.
It's great for the program that it secured the No. 1 and 3 recruits (QB Ty Storey and DE Jamario Bell) in the state already, but Gragg is the top priority on the recruiting trail.
You can take one look at his frame (6'4", 245 pounds) and tell that he's a specimen. For a guy his size, he has very good speed and agility, which causes all sorts of problems for linebackers who have the daunting task of covering him.
Gragg's hands are what have college coaches drooling.
He catches just about every pass that is thrown his way. Once in a blue moon, he'll drop a pass. His catch radius is what you would expect from a guy with great hands and long arms. It provides a real luxury for the quarterback because he can throw the ball away from defenders but within Gragg's vicinity, and he'll go up and grab it.
Back to what really matters regarding Gragg, though: where his recruitment stands.
He trimmed his list at the beginning of Feb. to five schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisville, LSU and Ole Miss. On his 247Sports profile, only three schools—Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss—are listed in the warm territory.
The Hogs appear to have a leg up in the battle for Gragg. It's no secret that his brother Chris played for Arkansas from 2008 to 2012 and had a very good career. That fact could be a huge determining factor in his decision and works in the Razorbacks' favor.
His crystal-ball predictions further the notion that the Hogs are the team to beat for his services, with 73 percent predicting he'll choose Arkansas. He originally was going to make his decision on his birthday, Sept. 23, but he moved it back to Nov. 18 to better weigh his options, according to Richard Davenport of WholeHogSports.com.
It's going to be a long and painful wait for the staff and fans, but it will be worth it if he elects to stay home and run through the A on Saturdays.
All player rankings and stats courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Bryan Heater is the featured columnist for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Follow him on Twitter @BHeaterRivals.