Graham Excited About Upcoming Arkansas Visit

Wauchiula, Fla., Hardee linebacker Derrick Graham (6-4, 220, 4.6) will be visiting a few schools next week, including a trek to Arkansas - a school he has high on his list.

Arkansas has its eye on a prep linebacker in Florida and he will get a look at what the campus and program has to offer in early June.

If all goes well, Wauchula Hardee star Derrick Graham (6-4, 220, 4.6) – being recruited by defensive coordinator Robb Smith - might just end up being a Razorback soon.

"I don't rule out committing," noted Graham, who will visit along with his brother PJ. "I'm coming up on June 7. Coach Smith has me very excited about Arkansas. I just want to get up there and see everything. I know they have great facilities and have had some great teams in the past and will again."

Graham is coming off a junior season in which he had 51 tackles, including seven for lost yardage, and also had 7 catches for 168 yards.

That effort has brought about offers from about 15 schools with Arkansas and Mississippi State being SEC schools that done so.

He got the one from the Razorbacks – who have signed nine Florida players in head coach Bret Bielema's first two recruiting classes at Arkansas - on May 7 when Smith visited his school.

"I know Coach Smith likes the fact that I am tall and lanky, that I have the speed to come off the edge and make plays and that I also am good in coverage and also love to come up and hit," Graham said.

Graham's family owns a pair of farms and he is interested in checking out Arkansas' Agriculture program, which is regarded one of the best in the country.

"That's something that I really want to check out because I want to major in something in the agricultural field," Graham said. "That and a family atmosphere are what I am looking for."

Hardee, led by Georgia linebacker signee Keyon Brown, is coming off an 11-2 season in 2013.

"Our team was pretty good last season, but we did lose a lot of seniors and senior leadership," Graham said. "That is an area that I am going to step up this year. We are going to be a younger team this season and me and another couple of guys will be taking over those leadership roles."

The Wildcats just finished up spring practice, including a 32-0 spring game loss to Port Charlotte.

"Having the spring practice and spring game are good because it shows us what we need to work on," Graham said. "We play everybody so it's not about winning the game, but seeing what we have.

"They beat us last year, but then we went on to win 11 games," Graham added. "I feel like we learned a lot and will have another good year."

Graham, who played at 208 last season and has since added 12 pounds of muscle in the off-season, will visit Mississippi State and South Alabama in the days before before arriving in Arkansas.

"We just wanted to get out and take a look at some schools and that's a good time to do it," Graham said." I'm excited about the chance to get up there to Fayetteville."





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