Graham Gives UA First Linebacker Commitment

FAYETTEVILLE -- One in-home visit from assistant coaches Reggie Herring and Chris Vaughn was all it took to sell Tyrell Graham on the University of Arkansas.

"Me and Coach Vaughn, we've got a good connection. I don't know what it is," said Graham. "And Coach Herring, when he came in and said he wasn't going to let me fail up there at the university, that was it. That one thing was all I needed to hear."

A 6-foot-4, 210-pound outside linebacker from Houston, Texas Yates High, Graham apparently was as impressed with the Razorbacks' coaches as they were with him, becoming the 15th player to verbally commit to Arkansas and the first linebacker to commit.

Named district Most Valuable Player and area defensive player of the year, Graham helped Yates to a 10-3 record and the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs in 2004.

"The coaches, the conference (Southeastern Conference) and the location all impressed me," Graham said. "Just the school itself, really, and the schedule in the SEC.

"I just want to go up there and help out and I can do that, too. I just want to go there and get them back in a bowl game and beat LSU and Auburn and all those teams."

Graham, who runs a 4.6 in the 40-meter dash, made an official visit to Kansas State back in December and will make his official visit to Arkansas on the weekend of Jan. 21-23. The Houston native was also being recruited by Kansas, Oklahoma State, LSU and Houston.

As a junior, Graham suffered a broken wrist and missed four games but still totaled 80 tackles.

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Graham will join another Arkansas linebacker recruit in Fayetteville on the weekend of his official visit. David Dixon (6-2, 235), an All-American at Hutchinson, (Kan.) Junior College, has the Hogs at the top of his list and could be close to committing to the Razorbacks as well.

"I promised Arkansas that I would not visit any other place before them," Dixon told HawgsIllustrated.com. "That's probably going to be the only one I take. Arkansas is pretty solid with me."

HAWGS ILLUSTRATED'S DUDLEY DAWSON CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT. FOR MORE UA RECRUITING INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.HAWGSILLUSTRATED.COM

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