Graybill Brings Texas Flavor to Arizona Prep Scene

An old adage in Texas says that there are only two sports seasons in the lone star state – football and spring football. With recent movies such as "Friday Night Lights" it's easy to see why that saying is hardly an exaggeration. Linebacker Cole Graybill, who spent two years playing in Stephenville, Tex., seconds that notion.

"Playing at my high school was exactly like the ‘Friday Night Lights' movie," said the 6-3 225 Cole Graybill. "Just like that team in the movie my school won a lot of state championships. Playing there was like playing at the college level. It was amazing. There was so much focus on football. That's all anybody cares or talks about. It was really a good experience."

Although the linebacker played his sophomore and junior year at Stephenville high school, his ties to the Phoenix area and its local university run deep. Graybill's grandfather Dave Graybill, played four sports at ASU and is in the school's hall of fame in basketball, baseball, football, and track. His uncle was a Sun Devil pitcher in the 80's and his mother is an ASU alumni.

With all the multiple ASU bloodlines, it's only natural to wonder how the Sun Devils are fairing in Graybill's recruiting. "Recruiting with ASU has been going great," he stated. "They've probably shown the most interest in me than any other school. I really like the program, I got to know coach Miller (ASU's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach) a lot and I like him and all the other coaches and players. I've known Kyle Caldwell for a while too."

Graybill called ASU's junior day "a great experience", and plans to attend the school's junior camp in June. "I haven't received any scholarship offers yet," he remarked," but I think ASU will be the first one to offer me." The linebacker has plans to attend the Nike camp at Stanford, as well as junior camps at Arizona, Oklahoma State, and Boston College (which he has already visited unofficially). Oregon, UCLA and Miami have also invited him to their respective junior day events.

As a junior in Stephenville, he collected 72 tackles; recorded four passes broken up, had two fumble recoveries, and forced two fumbles. Following that season he was named first team all-region. "I'm physical and I'm quicker now that I'm down to 225," Graybill said as he described his skills. "My downhill speed used to be my weakness, but I really think I improved on that now." Graybill, who played his freshman year at Brophy, is excited to come back to his old stomping grounds, to what he believes should be an thrilling 2005 campaign. "I think we're going to be a great team and do pretty well. A lot of the guys are excited for next season."

When asked what factors will help him settle on the college of his choice, he replied: "I'm definitely looking at academics, not just Athletics," said Graybill. "I want to take my visits and get to see the surroundings. I'm thinking about committing before the season starts, but I haven't figured out if that's what I'm gonna do." He added that playing close to home isn't a must, and pointed to the fact that he's considering a school far away as Boston College.

Graybill carries a 3.2 GPA and has taken the SAT earlier today.

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