The Det. DePorres RB's

In our "Toward a Best Guess"list of running backs yesterday, we included Daryl Graham from Detroit St. Martin DePorres. Here is Jim S' profile on Grimes, and on his 'bookend' teammate Carl Grimes. Both attended the U-M Junior Day at the OSU basketball game.

Michigan Junior to Watch: Daryl Graham

Name: Daryl Graham
School: Detroit St. Martin DePorres
State: Michigan
Position: Running Back
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180 lbs.
Forty: 4.4 sec.
GPA: 2.8

2002 Honors: Detroit News Second Team All-Detroit; Detroit News Honorable Mention Class C All-State; Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Metro Detroit; Detroit Free Press Honorable Mention All-Detroit; First Team All-Catholic League AA Division.

2001 Honors: Detroit News Honorable Mention Class C All-State; Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Detroit; Detroit Free Press Honorable Mention All-Detroit; First Team All-Catholic League AA Division.

As a junior Daryl Graham rushed for over 1200 yards in leading DePorres to the state quarterfinals. As a sophomore starter he had rushed for over 1000 yards in helping to lead his team to the Division 7 state title. And he did all of this while splitting carries with classmate, and fellow Division 1 talent, Carl Grimes.

DePorres Head Coach Gregory Carter had this to say about him in mid February: "Daryl has been a starter at running back since his freshman year. He's 5-9, 175 and runs in the 4.4s. He's a guy who runs extremely well between the tackles and has breakaway speed. He's an honor roll student and has a 2.8 GPA. He also runs track and has a best in the 100 meters of 11.0. He's a top 10 in-state prospect. He's being looked at by a lot of Big Ten schools – Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa. Iowa is very interested in him. I'm unsure if Michigan is interested. He has no offers yet."

Here's a press clipping from the Detroit Free Press after game 9 of his junior season: "Daryl Graham scored three touchdowns and rushed for 135 yards on 11 carries. ‘We're getting better defensively,' Coach Greg Carter said. ‘We weren't playing well early.' ‘Graham and Grimes are special kids. We just try to create space for them. We've done well offensively except when we turn the ball over. As long as we don't turn it over, we're fine.' On De Porres' first play from scrimmage, Graham ran 30 yards. Five plays later, his 4-yard touchdown run completed a 60-yard drive. A 1-yard run by Graham gave De Porres a 21-0 lead, and his 45-yard run made it 28-0."

Here's a press clipping from the Detroit Free Press after game 11 of his junior season: "Whitmore Lake High School's football team had no answer for Detroit St. Martin dePorres running back Daryl Graham Friday night during the Division 7 district championship game. The speedy back thrashed the Trojans' defense for 246 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the defending Division 7 state champions to a 45-22 victory. ‘It's from running track, I believe, and natural speed,' said Graham on his ability to outrun several Whitmore Lake defenders on his way to the end zone. ‘And our offensive line did a good job, too, blocking and getting some creases and holes.'"



Michigan Junior to Watch: Carl Grimes

Name: Carl Grimes
School: Detroit St. Martin DePorres
State: Michigan
Position: Wide Receiver/Running Back
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175 lbs.
Forty: 4.45 sec.
GPA: 3.4

2002 Honors: Detroit Free Press Honorable Mention All-Detroit (WR); Detroit News Honorable Mention All-Detroit (RB); Second Team All-Catholic League AA Division (RB/WR).

Along with Daryl Graham, Carl Grimes was a sophomore starter for the Division 7 state champions and combined with Graham for over 2000 yards rushing. As a junior he had over 700 yards rushing and plenty more in receiving yards as he saw more time as a wide receiver.

DePorres Head Coach Gregory Carter had this to say about Grimes in early February: "Carl has been a starter since his freshman year and plays running back, wide receiver and cornerback. He's 5-9, 175 and runs a 4.45 forty. In college he projects as a slot receiver. He was a junior starter at cornerback and wide receiver/running back. He's a shifty guy who makes guys miss. He catches the ball very well. He's an honor roll student and has a 3.4 GPA. He runs track and finished second or third in the state in the 100 meters with a best of 10.9 in his first year of running track. He's a top 10 in-state prospect. He has no offers yet but he is being looked at by a lot of the Big Ten schools – Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa. MSU has expressed that they really want him. Indiana and Purdue are very interested."

Here's a press clipping from the Detroit Free Press after game 9 of his junior season: "Daryl Graham scored three touchdowns and rushed for 135 yards on 11 carries. ‘We're getting better defensively,' Coach Greg Carter said. ‘We weren't playing well early.' ‘Graham and Grimes are special kids. We just try to create space for them. We've done well offensively except when we turn the ball over. As long as we don't turn it over, we're fine.'"

Grimes is a prospect who, quite frankly, probably does not fit the U-M profile for either a running back or wide receiver due to his small stature. Nevertheless, he is certainly a youngster with the skills to play at the Big Ten level and I would not be surprised to see an Iowa, Indiana or Purdue eventually extend an offer.

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