It’s awful tough to compete in a division like the SEC West and it’s even tougher at a school like Arkansas. They don’t have the luxury of having a state flooded with SEC caliber talent so when those players emerge in-state, it’s critically important for the Hogs to land them.
So far, so good for Brett Bielema with this task for the 2015 recruiting class. The Razorbacks have done a great job of gaining a commitment from a big time quarterback in Ty Storey and adding a great option for Storey to throw to in C.J. O’Grady.
O’Grady is one the best pass catching tight ends in this recruiting class and has a very bright future at Arkansas.
O’Grady runs very well for his size and is a great athlete for the position. He has terrific balance. He will have to add some weight and strength to help with his blocking at the next level, but has a good frame.
O’Grady adjusts well to poorly thrown balls and shows strong hands when he catches the football. He will go up and get it and has solid body control when he does. He flashes outstanding hands. O’Grady does a great job of catching the ball in traffic, but can also line up outside and win along the sideline.
He is a difficult match-up for linebackers or safeties because of his combination of size and athleticism. He shows good ability to break tackles and do damage after the catch. He has the speed to threaten up the seam and help open up the rest of the field for other players.
He is a willing blocker and can do well positionally, but must become stronger at the point of attack.
Brett Bielema likes old school football, but O’Grady is more of a new school tight end that should be able to play in-line at times and also line up all over the field.
O’Grady has as much potential as any tight end in this recruiting class and could develop into a dynamic presence for the Razorbacks. It may take him a bit to adjust to blocking against defensive players in the SEC, but he should be someone that can do some damage catching the ball early on in his career in college.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.