Three-star O-Linemen visit Louisville

A pair of three-star offensive linemen from Oklahoma powerhouse Jenks H.S. recently made a visit to Louisville. Bob Graham and Jake Alexander, a Tulsa commit, came away from their visit to UofL impressed with the Cardinals. Can Louisville sway the talented duo this fall?

Bob Graham, a 6-5, 275-pound offensive tackle, is one of the top prospects in Oklahoma. Teammate Jake Alexander, a 6-2, 265-pound offensive guard, isn't far behind. While Graham ranks as the No. 18 prospect in Oklahoma by Scout.com, Alexander is just one spot behind on the list.

Graham's had a busy summer checking out potential colleges. Rated the No. 88 offensive lineman in the nation, Graham holds more than ten scholarship offers and made visits to Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Louisville this summer. Graham recently told Scout.com the Cyclones, Jayhawks and Cardinals are his three favorites heading into the season.


Jake Alexander

"He has a great relationship with Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe and Matt Wells," Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. "We've known those guys forever. The comment I heard from (Graham) was that the facilities were just unbelievable and both him and Jake Alexander had a great visit and were happy about it."

Though Louisville is in the mix with Graham, they'll have a little tougher time prying Alexander from Tulsa. Alexander's father played for Tulsa and he has already given the Golden Hurricanes a verbal commitment. That hasn't stopped schools like LSU, Texas A&M and Louisville from trying to change his mind.

"Jake is out left offensive tackle," said Trimble. "He's committed to Tulsa right now but he has offers from Louisville, LSU and everywhere. He's a great player. He went with Bob to Louisville on the visit. His dad played at Tulsa and that's always been his goal," Trimble said. "I think he's been pleasantly surprised getting these amazing offers from the Big 10, Big 12 and SEC. Right now I think he's still leaning toward Tulsa."

As for Graham, he's probably leaning toward playing in the Big 12. Graham told Scout.com that he grew up dreaming of playing in that conference.

"He's very interested in academics and football so I think they'll make an educated decision," Trimble said. "They tried to expose themselves to several programs over the summer. So I think they'll sit down and talk it over. Bob will put a lot of thought into his decision and might not know until a day or two before it goes down."

Graham will anchor Jenks' offensive line this season.

"Bob's main thing is he has tremendous upside," Trimble said. "He just now starting to fill out and look good in a uniform. He's always been a long and gangly guy and now he's almost 280. He's starting to look like a football player now. He has good feet and I think he could play either guard or tackle. He's very coachable and understands the game. He also has a great work ethic."


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