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Arkansas Hoping To Get A Thrill From Hill
If things go the way Arkansas fans, coaches and Razorback commits hope on Friday morning, the program will have received commitments from seven of the state's top eight players – with the eighth one going on the clock to announce his decision.
North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill (6-1, 190, 4.4) – arguably the state's most electric player – will make public his choice from between Arkansas, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon and Florida at around 10 a.m at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
It's not surprising that future Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 215) and Razorback tight end pledge C.J. O'Grady (6-5, 230) are hoping to hear good news from Hill and then sometime later from his good friend Will Gragg (6-4, 245) – the Dumas tight end and fellow four-star uncommitted product.
“The more, the merrier,” Storey said. “If we can get both K.J and Will and can all these Arkansas players up here, the quicker we are going to get back to where we want to be. There's been a lot of talk among us about leading the way. I would love for our group to be remembered as the ones who helped turn it around.”
Storey, who chose Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and others, and O'Grady were both at Wednesday's Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club meeting, which had Razorback head coach Bret Bielema as its featured speaker.
Those two join Gragg, Hill, Junction City defensive end-tight Jamario Bell, O'Grady, Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean and Highland wide receiver Deon Stewart as the top eight players in the state per Hawgs Illustrated's Top 40 rankings released in July.
Gragg sparked speculation on he and Hill on Thursday with a pair of tweets - “Friday is gonna be big” and “The first part of the package deal gone hit the public.”
Storey said he had been in Hill's ear about the Razorbacks while also not overwhelming him with it and respecting that it is his decision.
“Hopefully he will be a Razorback,” Storey said. “It's his choice and whatever he does is going to be what's best for him and I totally respect that. I tell him that it is his recruiting process, but I would love to throw to him in college to a guy like him.”
“He runs his routes very well and he is also very strong because he benches over 300 pound,” Storey added. “You wouldn't think it, but he benches over 300 pounds. That's crazy to think a little wide receiver like that would bench as much as that. He also is just a great athlete. I am so looking forward to throwing to him in the future if we can get him here.”
“They are obviously two very good players, highly recruited and I always mess with them asking them if they are going to come up here, when are they going to commit?” O'Grady said. “They are always just messing around with it. I am not really sure about it yet. I really would love for them to come join us.”
Gragg - who played last season at Pine Bluff - has previously announced that he will make his decision on his birthday Nov. 18 from among Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
“Will is a great player, a great athlete, too and has all the potential in the world,” Storey said. “He is already a hard worker, but when he starts working with (Arkansas strength and conditioning) Coach (Ben) Herbert, he is just going to be a beast and just be built into an even better player.”
K.J. Hill, WIll Gragg