Bastrop, La., wide receiver Isaiah Graham – an Arkansas recruiting target – now has a top five and an announcement date.
Graham (6-1, 185, 4.53), who will take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend, is down to the Razorbacks, South Carolina, TCU, Miami and Tennessee.
Graham, who will be joined as an Arkansas official visitor this weekend by Moultrie, Ga., wideout Kiel Pollard (6-2, 225), has been to numerous Razorback games the past couple of seasons since Arkansas first offered him in September of 2014.
“I am going to take this visit to Arkansas and a couple of others and then I will be ready to make my decision,” Graham said. “Arkansas has been there for me from the start and I am looking forward to being up there for a game and just getting to see everything.”
Graham, who had 48 catches for 1,138 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, will definitely take official visits to Arkansas and South Carolina (Oct. 10-12) and may take one to TCU as well.
He will announce his decision on Oct. 30 along with teammate Tfavez Moore, a defensive end who has South Carolina, TCU, LSU and Charlotte as his four finalists.
"That's our homecoming game so that is why we want to do it on that date," Graham said.
He likes what he has seen so far of an Arkansas passing game that has thrown the ball 71 times for 720 yards in the first two weeks under new offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
“Arkansas said they were going to have an offense that passed the ball more this year and that was one of the things that I was waiting to see,” Graham said. “They are going to still run the ball, but it is good to see they are going to do more than just that."
He has been able to watch both Razorback games on TV, including the 16-12 loss to Toledo on Saturday.
“I feel they went into that game with the wrong attitude, one that they just had to show up to win,” Graham said. “They couldn’t get it going enough during the game after not showing up ready for the start.
“But I know they are a better team than that and I am sure they will come back with a great game this week.
“The one thing I can tell you though is that the loss doesn’t have an effect how I feel about Arkansas and it doesn’t an effect on my recruiting process.”
Graham, who has over 20 offers, also has a great relationship with Arkansas wide receiver coach Michael Smith.
“Coach Smith and I are really close and I know he cares about me as a person and not just as a player,” Graham said. “I love all those coaches. I think they need receivers and I could play early there."
Graham, whose dad Willie was born in Arkansas and who has two sisters - Stacie and Lacole -living in Little Rock, has a lot of family in Arkansas has not hid his love for the Razorbacks in the past.
“Arkansas has been and are my top school going into this visits,” Graham said.
It will be his second trip to Arkansas in as many weeks as he was in Springdale last Friday when Bastrop downed Shiloh Christian 42-22.
Graham had three catches for 49 yards in the game and also had a 69-yard touchdown called back because of one of Bastrop’s whopping 32 penalties for 332 yards.
“That’s kind of crazy how the game went, but we just had to forget about the last play and go make another one and that is what we did.”
Graham had 6 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown catch and a 30-yard scoring run in what turned into a 57-56 season-opening loss to Bossier City Parkview.
“We just came up a little bit short in the first game,” Graham said. “But I think we showed we are going to be able to score a lot of points this season.”