One of the more impressive players at the adidas combine held at NC State earlier this year was athlete Julius Graves from Reidsville (NC) High School. The 5-10, 170 pounder with 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash showed solid catching ability and concentration during one on one drills. That performance came on top of a superb junior season. On the year Graves accounted for 19 total touchdowns. He caught 50 passes for 823 yards and 10 scores. He added seven touchdowns on the ground and ran back two kicks on special teams for scores.
This summer Graves camped at Virginia Tech, UNC and NC State. He talked about his performance in Blacksburg and Raleigh.
"I went to Virginia Tech's one-day camp," said Graves. "I did a lot of the one on ones and they worked me out on offense and defense. They told me they might offer after my first game.
"I also went to State's one-day camp. They worked me out mostly at wide receiver. They really didn't talk to me about an offer."
Although he's yet to earn his first official scholarship, Graves said he has been hard at work this summer to capture that initial offer.
"I've really been working on my catching because I don't want to drop any balls this year," he said. "I've also been working hard on my speed and agility. Most of the schools that are recruiting me say they like me as a wide receiver. But really, it doesn't matter to me because I can go both ways."
For now, Graves says State and Tech are the two division one schools he's most interested in and he talked about what stands out with each program.
"At Virginia Tech, I just like their overall athletic programs," he said. "I also like the education you can get there and they throw the ball a lot. I really liked the coaches and they were real friendly.
"With NC State, I like how they've rebuilt all their facilities. I also like the little stuff like how they take care of their players when they get injured. Coach Cignetti is recruiting me and I like him. He's a nice guy."
While most prospects like to wait their recruiting out, Graves indicated that likely won't be the case for him.
"If I get an offer from someone, I'll most likely go ahead and accept," said Graves.
"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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