Another Tulsa Player Looking at Michigan

New-U-M is hitting the state of Oklahoma hard in its early recruiting efforts. DB's Gabe Lynn and David Gordon, RB's David Oku and Jeremy Smith. Now another has been offered a Michigan scholarship: Gordon's teammate, DL Pearlie Graves from Tulsa East Central. GBW spoke with the East Central head coach.

Pearlie Graves Player Page.

GoBlueWolverine: Can you talk a little bit about Pearlie and the position he plays?

Coach Hill: "Defensive linemen are hard to find -- I don't care of you're in the NFL or a top five program in the nation like the University of Michigan ... defensive linemen are hard to find and we are fortunate to have one here."

"Pearlie is a 6-3, 275 pound kid who can move and runs well for his size. I believe his best forty time is a 4.7 40 time, so that is pretty good for person his size. He is a true defensive tackle who plays sideline to sideline."

GoBlueWolverine: What is Pearlie like off the field and what does he need to work on?

Coach Hill: "He is a good kid who is a delight to be around and takes care of his business. He is a kid that will need some work on his academics, but I do not see that being a problem. In fact, I believe as far as his ACT test he will be good to go and I feel good about that situation. Now he just needs to do a better job on his core schooling. He really needs a great support system, and I believe that is all he needs to be successful in the classroom."

GoBlueWolverine: What are some of his strengths?

Coach Hill: "Athletically he has the proper size, and he is extremely strong in the weight room strength wise. He has a good work ethic that understands all that stuff that goes along with being a good football player. He has the size, strength and he can run very well -- as we like to call it a high motor -- who plays sideline to sideline and does not take plays off, who plays hard every down."

GoBlueWolverine:How about somethings he needs to work on for next year and when he gets to the college level?

Coach Hill: "His biggest weakness, something he needs to work on, is his flexibility. For us he runs well enough to play defensive end, but he will play defensive tackle at the next level. He does not have the lateral movement that he needs and that has to do with flexibility. That is what we are working on with him right now, and it will get better once he gets to the next level and gets a lot more one-on-one with the strength and conditioning coach. Don't get me wrong, this is not something he can't do, but to be honest that is one thing he needs to work on -- his hips and flexibility."

GoBlueWolverine: What is his Interest level in Michigan right now?

Coach Hill: "There is an interest obviously. It is simple: the University of Michigan is the University of Michigan. I don't care where you go across the country they are a top five to top ten team in America year in and year out. I think there is an interest, and anytime a kid gets a call from the University of Michigan, unless they are just an Ohio State Buckeye fan, he will have an interest. At what extent right now I am not sure because he already has offers on the table. I do know that Pearlie is not afraid of competition and being challenged athletically."

GoBlueWolverine: Does he have a top five list?

Coach Hill: "No, not really. He is just seeing who is interested first, and more and more teams are finding out about him. Sure the teams that have already offered him are up there on his list, but that doesn't mean they are at the top either."

GoBlueWolverine: Will distance be a factor for Pearlie?

Coach Hill: "Distance will not be a factor and it might actually be good for him right now to get away from home. He has a great plan and agenda."

Graves is's #47 Midlands Rising-junior.

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