Brandon Graham Clears the Air Regarding Commitment

<p>A few months back, Detroit Crockett linebacker <strong>Brandon Graham</strong> seemingly became the first pledge in Michigan's 2006 football recruiting class. That commitment, however, was called into question Wednesday night when a story, citing his coach as the source, reported that he was NOT committed to the Wolverines. Is Graham really commitment No.1 for the Maize and Blue? </p>

GoBlueWolverine visited Crockett high school back in February to interview star linebacker Brandon Graham about his game and where things stood in his recruitment. At that point, the 6-2 235-pounder made no secret of the fact that the Wolverines were his leader and that it was only a matter of time before he made a commitment to the Maize and Blue. Two weeks later he visited Ann Arbor for Michigan's annual junior day and made official his intentions to don the winged helmet.

"My dad brought me, my grandpa, my mama, one of my friends, and my coach up," Graham said after officially making his commitment. "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."

In he weeks after making his choice, Graham became a regular visitor to Michigan's spring practices. His attendance allowed him to become more comfortable with his future coaches and teammates, and the experience only made him more certain of his decision. "I've talked to all of the coaches now," Graham said after attending one of Michigan's scrimmages. "They keep telling me how they can't wait until I get up there because they see that I'll fit right in. I see that I'm going to fit right in. I get a chance to go to the meetings, see them in drills, and talk to the players. It's nice. Man! I fit right in up there."

While Brandon may have been happy contemplating how he might fit in with the Wolverines, it seems that some think that talk may be premature. The following report from surfaced Wednesday evening suggesting that he was NOT a Michigan commitment:

"Contrary to reports, Crockett (Detroit, Mich.) junior Brandon Graham has not committed to Michigan. Crockett head coach Rod Oden told that Graham had Michigan in his top three along with USC and Georgia, but has yet to make a pledge to the Wolverines."

When a surprised Graham learned of the story, he didn't hesitate in refuting it. "I am committed to Michigan," he said emphatically. "I don't know what that is all about, but I told him (Coach Oden) that I was going to Michigan and I told the coaches up there (at Michigan) that I was coming. I'm going to Michigan. That's it!"

Graham indicated still plans to try to make it to Ann Arbor for another spring practice or two, including the final session on April 16th.

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