Graffree Discusses Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech will receive instant help on the offensive line from JUCO All-American Jeremy Graffree, a 6-foot-4, 315-pounder from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Find out why Graffrey chose the Dawgs and get his thoughts on some of his incoming teammates.

"I went to Louisiana Tech for a visit earlier this month and I really enjoyed it," said new Bulldog Jeremy Graffree, who will move to Ruston from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he overpowered the competition in the JUCO ranks. "When I visited, the coaches and players made me feel at home, and I really felt comfortable with Coach Perot.

"Tech is the place I want to be and Coach Perot is the guy I wanted to be around and play for. The coaches tell me that I can come in and start immediately; that I'll be a big help to them because they're losing their right guard, who is a senior."

The amiable Graffree certainly possesses the right mindset.

"I love to compete," he said. "It feels good to sign with Tech, and I think we will do great things there. I feel good about the season coming ahead at Tech. We're going to turn things around. I can feel it.

"There's going to be some awesome things happen up there (in Ruston), and I just thank God for giving me the opportunity."

Graffree looks forward to suiting up on the same team with Jon'al White, Daniel Hayden, Larry Banks, and Oscar Johnson.

"Jon'al and I talk on Facebook and we're competitive," he explained. "We faced each other on the field and he's one of the best defensive tackles I worked against.

"Daniel Hayden is a good guy and a hard worker, and he made some plays against us when we played their team (Pearl River). I also know Banks and Johnson and they're good players."

Graffree piled up the hardware when it comes to postseason awards, including first-team All-American honors.

"I had some preseason goals and I met most of them," he said. "I wanted to put my name on the board as one of the top five lifters at our schools and I did that. I also won the offensive line award at our school, and I made All-Region and All-American."

Graffree was the main reason that his team's offense ranked second in the nation and averaged 455 yards per game.

Mississippi Gulf Coast finished 10-2, winning the state championship and coming two games within a national championship.

Graffree also had offers from Arizona, Troy, Marshall, North Texas, East Carolina, Arkansas State, and UL.

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