Breakout Performance for Graham

Raleigh (NC) Wakefield star wideout T.J. Graham knew he would run fast at the Jamestown Shrine Bowl Combine.

He did just that, posting 4.30 and 4.36 runs in the 40-yard dash, the two fastest times at the event. However, he expected to run even better.

The track is different here," T.J. Graham" stated after running his second sprint. "I think I would have ran faster on the field. With that track, the rubber was coming off. I was slipping halfway through it.

"I wanted to run a 4.2, and I know I could have done better."

The son of track guru Trevor Graham, T.J. stood out in the other events as well. At 6-0, 166 pounds, Graham also notched an impressive 35-inch vertical and had seven reps of 185 pounds on the bench press with a sub-4.4 shuttle time.

Last season, his athleticism couldn't translate over to the football field as Wakefield struggled finding a quarterback to get him the football. Graham even had to play some quarterback for Wakefiled. He ended the season with 12 catches for 242 yards for two touchdowns in eight games. He also threw for another 128 yards and rushed for 118 yards.

Ex-New Bern head coach Chip Williams takes over at Wakefield in 2007, and Graham is excited about the opportunity to work with Williams.

"I think we're running the power-I, but he's been talking about how they are going to use me a lot," said Graham. "They are going to use me on offense. He has been a good guy. He is real tough, and he knows what he's talking about. He's real knowledgeable.

"I'll be back at wide receiver. I don't think I'll be playing quarterback except for maybe some special plays."

Graham's recruitment has been slow, as he has yet to send out film to various colleges.

"I think that is a lot of the problem," said Graham. "We had this one guy who made my film, but he folded. We had one DVD, but now it is all scratched up.

"I had made one myself, but my dad's computer crashed... maybe it just means that I don't need to send film. Maybe it is just destined to happen that I not go too far away. Maybe NC State or [North] Carolina just needs to come see me. That's how I see things."

Schools are still expressing interest and tracking his progress, hoping to get Graham on campus for summer camps.

"The local schools I hear from all the time," he said. "NC State, Duke, Virginia, [North] Carolina, and even Colorado... there's a lot more, but I just can't name them.

"NC State has given me an offer, but since the new staff has come in I haven't associated with them. I would have committed to the old staff, but I'm not familiar with the new staff yet. I have to re-evaluate that I guess."

Graham recently stated that he wanted to attend NC State. Is that still the case?

"I wanted to, but now I don't know," he said. "I do, but I've got to up there and talk with them. I need to try and develop arelationship like I had with the previous coaching staff.

"I went there for their Junior Day. I'll probably go back during the summer for their camps. I was going to go up for the Spring Game, but I had a track meet that day."

Don't expect Graham to ink with a program too far away from home. His parents will play a role in his decision, and an offer from one of the local schools could seal the deal.

"My parents don't want me to stray far," he said. "My dad won't ever miss a game. He wants me to be close. NC State was the #1 back then, but now I've been to Duke and Carolina, and I'm looking at them too."

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