Graham: 'It's a Great Situation For Me'

WR T.J. Graham had become quite familiar with NC State over the last couple of years and felt confident of his college destination until Chuck Amato was fired as head coach in 2006.

WR T.J. Graham had become quite familiar with NC State over the last couple of years and felt confident of his college destination until Chuck Amato was fired as head coach in 2006.

However, all it took was some time at State's camp last week to become comfortable with head coach Tom O'Brien and his staff. On Tuesday, Graham made his commitment to the Wolfpack official.

"I committed today to NC State," said Graham. "NC State is right down the road, so I figured what the heck. I really like the coaches and it's a great situation for me. Why not play for my hometown school? I was familiar with the old staff and I really just needed some time to get to know this new staff.

"It's good to have it out of the way. I have a lot of weight off my shoulders. Now I can just focus on my grades and get ready for my senior season."

One of the keys in landing Graham was his relationship with his recruiting coach, NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible. Graham said they developed a solid bond.

"Coach Bible was recruiting me," said Graham. "Every time I would go to State, he would be the guy that I would talk to him. We hit it off really good. He let me know that once I got to State and start working I may not like him as much."

Graham is one of several, major in-state targets to commit to NC State so far this year. He told Pack Pride that you can't help but be impressed with the Pack's early recruiting results.

"You can't help but be impressed with the way our class is going," said Graham. "With getting Brandon Barnes today, me committing and some of the other kids that are looking at State, we may end up with the best class in the ACC."

Graham, 6-0, 180 pounds and boasting 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, is anxiously awaiting his senior season and said he plans to be active on both sides of the ball in 2007.

"I'm going to be primarily playing wide receiver and cornerback," said Graham. "I'll be playing a lot of corner and they are going to try and we'll be running some stuff to try to make sure they get the ball in my hands on offense."

Pack Pride rated Graham as the No. 26 player in the state of North Carolina in our preseason ratings. Graham has the potential to rise in the rankings, as he is one of the few prospects with currently no film.


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