Q&A with Jr. Tony Graham

Trotwood Madison was kind to the Wolverines last year, sending Brandon Moore, Roy Roundtree, and Michael Shaw to Ann Arbor. Late last week GoBlueWolverine profiled Michigan's next high profile target from the talent rich program, OT tackle Chris Freeman. Now it appears that there is another prospect that college coaches are keeping their eye on; slot receiver Tony Graham.

GoBlueWolverine: It is early in the process for you. Have you been getting mail from college coaches?

Tony Graham: "Well I just transferred to Trotwood in November and my old school Dayton Jefferson I was getting letters from Illinois, Syracuse plus several smaller schools. I am not even sure some schools know I switched to Trotwood."

GoBlueWolverine: You lost nine kids to Div. 1 schools for football so how you going to be next year?

Tony Graham: "Well I hope we will be loaded. It depends on how well we prepare to get ready for this fall and I believe we will sneak up on some people that think we lost all of our best players."

GoBlueWolverine: Did several of your teammates going to Michigan surprise you when it came down to the last couple of weeks?

Tony Graham: "Nah, not really. They felt they had the best opportunity, they felt they should take it, and it worked out for them all at Michigan."

GoBlueWolverine: What are you looking for in a school?

Tony Graham: "A little bit of everything. Really I want to go to a school where I am going to feel comfortable. It doesn’t matter if it is to big or to small of a school... just so I am comfortable. The school needs to have a good academics because I am looking at something in education right now. The style of offense is a big part of it as well."

GoBlueWolverine: What kind of offense are you looking for?

Tony Graham: "Well I am looking at the spread offense. Some teams are looking at me for being a DB, but I feel like I am more of an offensive player like a scat back. I was the QB at my other school, but it did not matter because we were losing and I figured if I came to Trotwood that at least at half what I did at the other school that would help get my name out there."

GoBlueWolverine: With several of your teammates going to Michigan how much of interest is there for you especially with Coach Rodriguez running the spread?

Tony Graham: "Oh yea I would not mind going there if Michigan came after me and I felt like it was a good situation. It would be tough on my family though because my uncle went to Ohio State (Jeff Graham). I'm also interested in Illinois as well because they run a wide-open offense too. I think I could fit in those types of offenses along with Syracuse."

GoBlueWolverine: So playing close to home is not a factor since your looking at Syracuse?

Tony Graham: "Really, it is not because no matter where you go you are away from home and that is what college is all about... getting away from home growing into an adult and just seeing the world. If you make it after college, you are traveling all the time and you have no idea where you might go."

GoBlueWolverine: Are you planning on going to camps, combines?

Tony Graham: "Probably a couple of combines for the one on ones to see where I am at against other top kids. I'm going to a couple of college camps like Syracuse and Michigan."

GoBlueWolverine: Are you going to any junior days?

Tony Graham: "Pittsburgh and Michigan. That is all I know of right now. Chris Freeman and I are going to Pittsburgh possibly."

GoBlueWolverine: What other sports do you play?

Tony Graham: "Basketball, football, and I probably will run track this year. I play point guard on the basketball team we are doing good. We won a tourney game on Wednesday and play again on Monday night. I'm going to run track to get my speed faster. It was a big change for me especially for basketball because last year I was the starting point guard at my old school. Now coming to Trotwood... they have a lot tougher players and competition."

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