As we reported a few weeks ago, Detroit Crockett linebacker Brandon Graham came to Ann Arbor for junior day planning to officially commit to Michigan (for those that missed the story, click here). Time did absolutely nothing to alter his intent, as he did just that prior to Sunday's basketball game.
"My dad brought me, my grandpa, my mama, one of my friends, and my coach up," Graham said. "We got invited into Coach Carr's office. I was shocked to be in his office, so I got a little nervous. I guess I wasn't talking enough, so he sent everybody out. That's when I told him I was really interested in Michigan and that's where I wanted to go."
Once Graham made it clear that he wanted to become a Wolverine, his future head coach was pleased. However, another member of his staff appeared even more so. "He was happy," Graham said of Coach Carr's reaction to his commitment. "The linebacker coach (Coach Herrmann) was the happiest one though. He was real real cool. I know I'm going to be able to work with him."
When Graham brings his talents to Ann Arbor in the fall of 2006, his 6-2 235-lb. frame will be utilized in the middle of Michigan's defense. His outstanding footspeed (self-reported 4.47) and his hard-hitting style make him one of the more physically talented middle backer's the Wolverines have landed in quite some time.
Brandon initially planned to pledge to Michigan back on February 9th, but decided to delay his decision just prior to doing so. One of his concerns was whether he would be allowed to take visits. While he may still want to go on a few trips … today, that seemed a little less important. "I just wanted to see him in person and talk about it," Brandon said of his commitment. "I did not talk to him about visits. He said give him a call sometime ... and I will. We can talk about it when the time comes."
Another factor in Brandon's earlier decision to wait on committing was his new head coach. The current headman at Crockett Tech wanted to make sure his star pupil was not making a hasty decision. "He wanted me to go to Michigan, but he didn't tell me that until after I committed," Graham said of Coach Oden. "He went to Michigan. He told me it would be a great place for me. He said that I can't beat a Michigan degree."
Now that his decision is out of the way, Brandon's focus will shift completely to spring and summer conditioning. He still plans to attend both the Nike and Michigan summer camps in hopes of improving upon his stellar junior campaign. For the time being, though, he is just reflecting on the day that he officially became a part of the Maize and Blue family. "I had a good time," Graham said. "I really enjoyed it."
Look for more on Brandon in an upcoming issue of GoBlueWolverine the Magazine.