TE Hoping For UM Offer

Nicknamed Quarterback U, the University of Miami has become more like Running Back or Tight End U in recent years. While the Canes appear to be set at the tight end position, you can be sure they'll bring at least one in for this coming recruiting season. One of the early targets appears to be Brick (N.J.) Memorial standout Garrett Graham.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Graham helped lead his team to its first ever state championship last season.

"We won it all last year but we lost a lot of guys off that team," Graham said. "We're gonna have to replace a lot of good players but the way the team's been working so far, I think we'll be ready to go again."

The talented tight end finished his junior year with 37 receptions for 760 yards and five touchdowns. In the state title game victory, he had four catches for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Graham, who says he was recently timed at 4.6 over 40 yards, has been busy preparing himself for the coming season.

"I've been doing a lot of speed training," he said. "I want to get my 40 time down and just come back as fast as I can be this year."

Graham, who started playing football when he was in eighth grade (when he was 6-1, 175 pounds), will be among the state's most heavily recruited pass catchers this season.

"I've been getting a lot of mail and stuff," he said. "A lot of top schools invited me to their camp and also I got invited to a lot of Junior Days. "

One of the schools that invited Graham to visit their Junior Day was Miami.

"I was supposed to be in Miami last weekend but I was unable to find a cheap enough flight," he said. "I really wanted to go. They invited me and that's a place I've always wanted to play. They have been recruiting me."

Graham has been getting plenty of interest from other top programs as well.

"Of the ones sending me the most stuff, I'm interested in Syracuse, N.C. State, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Miami," he said. "I've already been to Virginia for an unofficial visit. I'll check out some others this summer."

Interestingly, Graham also plays cornerback on defense and kicks field goals.

"I'm probably one of the biggest cornerbacks out there," he laughed. "I had an interception last year."

Graham also connected on several long field goals, including hitting from 45 and 47 yards out.

"The biggest thing for me this season is to make the playoffs," he said. "That would be a big accomplishment and show that all our hard work will pay off."

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