"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."
"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.