Tall New Jersey Prospect Checks In On Big Red

Nebraska's approach towards wide receiver prospects during this recruiting cycle appears to mirror their philosophy with offensive line recruits as height seems to be on the menu for the coaching staff when it comes to both positions. Nebraska has identified another tall prospect out of New Jersey that could add some definite size to the receiving corps.

Shamar Graves presents coaching staffs around the country with a very enticing prospect.  Standing 6' 4" and weighing in at 205 pounds as a senior-to-be is impressive enough but then you add in a 4.54 40 yard dash and things start to get very interesting.  Graves currently maxes out on the bench press at 275 pounds, the squat at 480 pounds and the power clean at 255 pounds.  He currently holds a 3.1 GPA in the classroom.

As a junior, Graves had 50 catches, 740 yards and 8 touchdowns while being 2nd on the team in pancake blocks with 22.  Shamar recalls one game in which he planted several individuals of the opposition at once.  He was named Second Team All-State along with garnering All-Area, All-County and Team MVP honors.

He currently claims 21 offers from schools including Massachusetts, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia, Iowa, Delaware, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Duke along with heavy interest from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Virginia.  His current favorites are Iowa, West Virginia and Rutgers.  He cites his strengths as his blocking, his catching ability, being an excellent possession receiver and playmaker when one is needed.

Graves hasn't heard much from Nebraska as of late due to the coaching staff being out of the office for a small period, but he has enjoyed the contact he's gotten.  "They're in the running, I just haven't been getting much interest from them after they offered. I guess that's just because things are calming down a bit.  I called them before and spoke to Jay Norvell. He was cool," he said.

Shamar has already taken unofficial trips to Virginia, Connecticut and Virginia and while he doesn't have any current official visits planned, his current top three look to be locks for official visits.  The other two spots are wide open according to Graves.

In looking at when a commit might be possible, Shamar feels that it'll happen when it needs to.  ‘Right now I'm looking at waiting towards signing day but if I take a visit and really like it I'll probably commit earlier," he said.  When looking at big factors in a school where he can fit in, Shamar has some of the usual concerns but also holds one of a spiritual nature. 

"I feel school is school and education is education so that'll take care of itself and playing time, I feel if I work hard enough I can get it.  If It take a visit, I want to see that they're looking out for me.  I would like a school that also has a good Christian base that I can get into," he said.

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