WI TE Anton Graham Gets Gopher Interest

Anton Graham, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound tight end from Racine (WI) Park, attended the Minnesota-Temple game last weekend and is gathering recruiting interest from the Gophers and several Midwest teams. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Graham to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Anton Graham played last season at Racine (WI) Case , but transferred to Park, the defending WIAA Division 1 state champions this season. Park is led by tailback Johnny Clay, the first junior ever to be named the Associated Press' Player of the Year in Wisconsin. Clay rushed for 2,032 yards and scored 30 touchdowns last season despite missing two and a half games with a right ankle injury and sitting out the second half of several lopsided victories and had received recruiting interest from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio State among others. His father is a defensive assistant at Park and his godfather is the head coach. Graham said that he was also frustrated that he did not play varsity as a sophomore and did not play on the offensive side of the field until late in the year.

Graham caught 14 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns in Case's 55-26 loss to Burlington last October 7th in his first game as a tight end. He played mostly defensive end, but played tight end the last three games of the season. Graham finished with 26 receptions for 430 yards and six touchdowns in three games as a junior.

"Graham is an outstanding athlete," Park coach Dennis Thompson told the Racine Times recently. "He fits our mold pretty good of what we're trying to do this year and we're going to look for big things from him."

Graham and defensive back Mike Yarbrough, who were both starters at Case last year, both transferred to Park this season. Graham was named South Division All-Conference defensive lineman last season. However, Case has lost their last 12 games.

Graham attended camps at Wisconsin and Illinois State and played in the Scout.com combine.

Graham told GoldenSports.Net that he is hearing from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming, Ball State, North Dakota and Illinois State.

Graham has yet to receive any scholarship offers, but is hoping to send out tape of him as a tight end as most teams are looking to recruit him at that position.

Racine Park is off to a 1-4 start, losing games by one, five, seven and eight points. The Panthers fell to Muskego 42-35 Friday. He has caught 12 passes for 160 yards this season with one touchdown.

Graham admitted that it was tough to come so close to winning several of those games so far this season.

"We watched the film and could see one or two plays that could have broken things open," he said.

Graham was invited to the Minnesota-Michigan game this weekend, but Racine Park faces Horlcik at 1:00 on Saturday, so he will not be able to make the trip.

"We had a good week of practice," he said.

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