It's no secret that landing defensive ends is of utmost importance in Michigan's 2009 recruiting class. With a premium placed on speed and athleticism for the Wolverine's revamped, attacking-style of defense, Silverado High School's Keenan Graham (6-4, 220) seems to be exactly what the Michigan coaching staff is looking for – with his combination oaf lean, powerful frame and sub-4.6 speed. But does the possibility of Graham not taking in the game day atmosphere in The Big House mean the Wolverines could now be out of contention?
"With my visits I wanted to check out some of the other schools that I didn't get to take an unofficial to, to see what else is out there," Graham told GBW. "But it doesn't have anything to do with Michigan falling behind."
"My interest in Michigan is still strong. I was impressed when I went on the visit and still am. I haven't kept in contact with the coaches much, but that's how it has been with pretty much every school. I've just been trying to work hard this summer to finish off my high school career with a ring."
So while it looks as though the Maize and Blue are still under consideration, they're not the only ones. Keenan let us in on who the competition is right now and how things are looking at the top of his leaderboard.
"Well at the moment my favorites are Virginia Tech, UCLA, Michigan …those are a few," claimed Graham.
"I liked Virginia Tech because of their style of defense, because of coach Wiles, and it would be great for my major (electrical engineering). UCLA I was really impressed with from the beginning. It was really the first school I visited, besides UNLV, and the coaches are great. Michigan – I was impressed with the facilities and the academic side of things; and I enjoyed talking to all the coaches; and it seems like big things are gonna start happening… another reason would be the fact that my dad lives in Michigan too."
Although Graham has started to whittle things down a bit, don't expect a decision in the near future. One of the processes he's going through now is separating the schools that have ‘only offered because everyone else has', and the ones whose coaching staff really is dedicated to recruiting him. In the past, Graham has stated that academics will also be important in reaching a decision, and a factor that could definitely bode well for Michigan, playing time.
"I have started narrowing down the list, but my intentions are to wait until I take all my trips before I make my decision."
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