Graham Enjoys Visit, Exercises Patience

It may not be easy to be crutches trying to enjoy a recruiting visit. Yet for tight end Maurice Graham, who started his official visit circuit with Arizona State, it was pretty easy to take pleasure in all that the venture to Sun Devil country had to offer. The College of the Sequoias standout talked to Devils Digest about his experience in Tempe.

"I have no complaints hobbling around (smile)," said 6-5 285 Maurice Graham on his physical condition during the visit. "I loved the game atmosphere, that crowd was crazy. I've never seen anything like that." The tight end was hosted by Arizona State running back Shaun DeWitty during his visit.

Graham, a mid-year transfer who's already academically qualified, was very happy to learn about his anticipated major of studies during his visit. "I want to be a political science major, and they have a real good program," he stated. "That's probably the thing that impressed me the most on the visit."

The social aspect of his trip was certainly another highlight of the weekend, and it all started with the man at the helm of the maroon and gold. "Coach Erickson is such a people person," said Graham. "You know how sometimes you meet somebody for the first time, but right away feel that bond? That's how it was with Coach Erickson. I really like talking to him, Coach Olson…just all the coaches. I liked everything on my visit and I can definitely see myself in that environment doing big things."

So what did stop Graham from being ASU's 15th known commitment of the 2008 class?

"I wanna make sure that I make the perfect decision," he explained. "I only have two years to play, so wherever I go it has to be the perfect situation for me. I don't want to rush into anything, but I really wanted to commit on the visit. I'm just gonna be patient and make sure everything is perfect."

Graham attended Fresno's Washington Union High School, and went to Fresno State after his prep career was over. He was a Prop 48 signee with the Bulldogs and after redshirting there decided to go the JC route. In six games this season, before he suffered an ankle injury, Graham has tallied 193 yards on 13 catches and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Giants located in Visalia (Calif.). The tight end stated that he would be 100% healthy for spring practice in the Division I school he eventually chooses.

With a mid-year Letter of Intent signing day scheduled on December 19th, time is of the essence for Graham to settle on a school. Thus, he's trying to cram as many visits as possible before that date.

"I have a visit this week to Michigan State, then next week Oregon," he remarked. "I plan to go to Marshall and San Diego State too." When asked if there is there a chance he may pledge to ASU before his next visit, he replied: "If that's what is meant to be yes. I guess there's a chance, I loved everything about the visit. But I want to be patient about out." He added that his ASU recruiting coach, Jamie Christian, is scheduled to come for an in-home visit in the near future.

After Graham earns his AA degree this month, he will be a ‘two for two' player in terms of eligibility.

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