The lion’s share of NC State’s class of 2016 has yet to arrive on campus and already, the Pack has added a commitment to the class of 2018.
De'Von Graves (6-2, 175 pounds) may be just a sophomore but he played a huge role in Appomattox County’s 2A state title in 2015. He led the team in receptions with six catches for 120 yards as Appomattox blew out Clarke County for the team’s first state championship.
Despite his talents at wideout, it’s cornerback where Graves will spend his college career. In his second season as a varsity starter, Graves totaled 37 solo tackles, 12 pass breakups and two interceptions en route to all-conference honors..
A little over a week ago Graves made a visit to NC State and the Pack extended the rising junior his first scholarship offer. This past Saturday he decided Raleigh would be his college home. He talked with Pack Pride about the reasons behind his decision.
“NC State, they really showed me a lot of love, a whole lot of interest and gave me a scholarship. No other schools have showed that kind of interest. They’ve shown interest but they tell me I’m so young. State saw something in me so the least I can do is play for them.”
Graves had a chance to tour the campus and facilities and came away thoroughly impressed. That, combined with his relationship with corner’s coach George Barlow all but sealed the deal for NC State.
“It (the campus) was amazing. Out of all the colleges I’ve seen, State was by far the best. Coach Barlow is recruiting me. He is the most energetic 46 year old man I’ve ever met in my life. He’s really trying to show Virginia some love. I really do appreciate everything coach Barlow has done. He’s had a big impact on my life. He’s made me realize working hard and being the best I can possibly be will eventually pay off.”
There’s still nearly two years until Graves ultimately signs with his future school and odds are high that at some point other schools will come calling with an offer. Will that have any effect on his commitment to the Wolfpack?
“To be honest with you, I’m not going to listen to other schools. I’m going to go past other schools. They weren’t the ones that offered me my sophomore year. State saw something in me that other schools obviously didn’t. So, I made a commitment to them that I’m going to play at NC State and I’m going to play at NC State.”