One player likely to emerge as one of North Carolina's hottest prospects for the class of 2008 is WR TJ Graham from Wakefield (NC) High School. The son of legendary track coach Trevor Graham, he is one of the fastest prospects in the state and has received a ton of recruiting interest thus far in the recruiting process.
At 6-0, 170 pounds, Graham runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4-seconds and speed is a key part of the rising senior's game. He recently told Pack Pride that his dad has played a huge role in helping him to become a faster player on the gridiron.
"We do drills in the off-season constantly," said Graham. "That's played a large part in me getting faster."
While Wakefield was primarily a running team in 2006, Graham was still able to put up some respectable stats. After starting the first game of his junior season at QB, Graham settled in at wide receiver and finished off the year with 16 catches for 259 yards and three touchdowns. He chipped in 80 yards rushing on 25 carries and even had a 72-yard pass for a score.
Graham boasted an early offer from NC State before the firing of head coach Chuck Amato. He's not sure if that offer still stands but regardless, Graham is entertaining serious recruiting attention from numerous schools to include NC State, Virginia, Duke, UNC, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Oregon, Notre Dame, Auburn, Stanford, Clemson, South Carolina and Arizona State.
While still early, Graham says there are several schools he's keeping a close eye on.
"I was very interested in NC State before the coaching change," said Graham. "I have to meet the new staff, though. I haven't talked to them but I've gotten a bunch of letters and I'm planning to go up there for junior day.
"I really like it at NC State because the fans are so supportive. They've played a lot of freshmen wide receivers in the past and they really have nice facilities."
Graham talked about some of the other schools he's considering.
"I really like Virginia and I've talked with coach Poindexter," said Graham. "He's a really nice guy. UNC just hired Butch Davis and he's a good coach so I want to check them out. I'm thinking about going to their junior day. I've visited Duke and I really like their wide receiver coach, coach Montgomery."
Graham said that he doesn't have plans to attend any camps over the summer.