Wide receiver Julius Graves from Reidsville (NC) High School has flown largely under the radar of recruiting analysts during the early months of the recruiting year. However, he was one of the state's most explosive and impressive juniors in 2005.
Graves, 5-10, 170 pounds with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is a versatile prospect that is blessed with outstanding speed and quickness. He was named all-conference and all-region as a junior.
This past weekend he was at NC State for the Adidas Elite Camp and flashed the talent that will have numerous schools keeping a close eye on the rising senior.
Lining up as a wide receiver, Graves showed a tremendous burst of speed and the ability to hit another gear to adjust to the ball. On one pass in particular, he made an amazing over-the-shoulder grab that had onlookers oohing and ahhing.
Despite his ability at wideout, Graves has the prototypical build of a cornerback so it won't be surprising to see some schools target him for defense as the 2006 season approaches. However, according to Graves, it's offense only based on early feedback from the coaches he's keeping a close eye on. He gave us the latest on the schools he's hearing from and the ones he's got at the top of his wishlist.
"I haven't got any official offers yet," said Graves. "I am hearing a lot from schools like Miami, NC State, Clemson and South Carolina. NC State and Miami are my top two schools right now and all of them like me for wide receiver. I'm planning on camping this summer at UNC, NC State, Clemson and Duke."
Notes: Hailing from state 2A power Reidsville (NC) High School, Graves starred as a junior.
Playing slot receiver, Graves tallied 50 catches for 823 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the Rams to the state championship game. He also rushed for another seven scores and 654 yards on 55 carries, averaging 11.9 yards per carry.
He also excelled on special teams, returning nine kicks for 333 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 37 yards per return. Graves earned all-conference and all-region honors.
"I think he can be a wide receiver, cornerback, or return guy on the next level. He's got great feet, I think that comes from him playing soccer. It still takes up a lot of his time, but he wants to play football." -- Reidsville Head Coach Jimmy Teague
Scouting Report: "One of the state's top returning wide receivers in 2006 is 5-11, 170 pound Julius Graves from Reidsville (NC) High School. The rising senior hauled in 50 passes last year for 823 yards and 10 touchdowns. This talented player is defined by his speed and ability to stretch defenses. Graves has the potential to take it the distance every time he touches the ball and is silky smooth with the ball in his hands. He will need to add some bulk to make the transition to the division one level but already possesses the quickness that coaches covet." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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