Detroit Crockett standout Brandon Graham is starting feel more and more at home on the competitive San Antonio practice fields for the Army All American Bowl. With his comfort level increasing by the day, the 6-2, 248-pounder’s athleticism is brimming to the surface. He showed just what he is capable of Tuesday afternoon when he delivered his best defensive play thus far. On an option to the left the talented linebacker beat a blocker as he tracked the ball across the field, defeated another blocker as the quarterback pitched the ball, and then nailed the running back behind the line of scrimmage as he received the pitch. According to Graham there will be more plays like that in the coming days and on the big stage this weekend.
“You’re going to love what you see on Saturday,” he said. “I’m the fullback when they use one on offense. Then on defense I’m one of the starting linebackers. I’m going to get out there and do my thing.”
Graham has also taking notice of the performance of his future teammates and expects them to do well also. Justin Boren has seized one of the starting guard spots and a hobbled Steve Brown manned one of the starting corner positions in place of AJ Wallace in the afternoon session. Brown looked to be laboring more on his surgically repaired ankle then he did the day before, but Graham still feels his fellow Wolverine will be ready to go come game time.
“Steve looked real good yesterday,” Graham said. “REALLY GOOD! There’s no way he doesn’t play. He probably was just a little sore today. He’ll be okay.”
Graham’s optimism doesn’t end with how he feels he and his teammates will do on the field. He is also confident in his ability as a recruiter. One of the players on the receiving end of a lot of his attention has been Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman Sam Young.
“Me and Justin spent some time in his ear,” Graham said. “We’ve been talking to him about Michigan a lot. He doesn’t know what he wants to do right now. I think it’s going to be between Notre Dame and Michigan. Me and Justin are going to keep working on him. We’ve been working on a lot of guys that haven’t made their decisions yet.”
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in the days leading up to the game.