Appomattox (VA) County cornerback De'Von Graves committed to NC State back in April and became the Wolfpack’s first commitment for the class of 2018.
Corner’s coach George Barlow had established a rock solid relationship with Graves and after visiting Raleigh, the rising junior decided NC State was the place he wanted to spend his college career.
Graves had a chance to make a return trip to Raleigh recently. He spent the day checking out State’s campus followed by a three-hour session at the Wolfpack’s football camp.
Pack Pride caught up with Graves afterwards to see how the day went.
“I loved it," said Graves. "I loved every minute of it. It was competitive out there. Coach Barlow, he taught me stuff that we really don’t do that much at my high school. But I’m going to work on it over the summer, get better at it and be ready to compete.
“I actually got to State early so I could go over and check out the campus. It was all pretty and it was just my second time seeing it. It was pretty amazing. I’m still 100% sure NC State is the place for me. Other schools keep calling about going to their camps and competing and just getting better and that’s cool but I’m still committed.”
During his trip to State, Graves also had his first chance to work first hand with his future position coach.
“Coach Barlow, he’s competitive. He doesn’t like when anybody messes up and if you mess up you better make it right. Just from being with him for that two or three hours I could tell coach Barlow is real competitive and I can’t wait to play for him.”
As a sophomore Graves totaled 37 solo tackles, 12 pass breakups and two interceptions en route to all-conference honors.