Name: T.J. Graham
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
High School: Wakefield High School
Position: Wide Receiver
Notes: T.J. Graham is one of the fastest football players in the country, as he recently placed third at Nike Nationals in the 100-meter dash with a 10.53 into a headwind. But because he hasn't had any tape to send to college college coaches his recruitment suffered. After camping at NC State and showcasing his talents in drills, Graham landed an offer from his hometown school and committed to the Wolfpack.
|"T.J. Graham is one of the fastest football players in the country."|
He 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, 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."
Scout.com rated Graham as the No. 25 player in the state of North Carolina in their preseason ratings. Graham has the potential to rise in the rankings.
In eight games as a junior, Graham reeled in a dozen passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, adding 128 passing yards and 118 more on the ground. He had been considering Florida State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Duke, Colorado and South Carolina, among others.
He is also expected to play cornerback this year and recently he attended a couple of 7-on-7 events with his Wakefield squad. Here is footage of Graham in action at these events plus additional film from his junior season.
Scouting Report #1: "Watching Graham, the first thing that jumps out is just how fluid he is in his movement. His footwork is not great for a wide receiver, but watching his body react to the ball, there is no question he is an elite athlete who is destined to have college coaches figuring out how to get the ball in his hands.
|"The first thing that jumps out is just how fluid he is in his movement."|
"As a slot receiver, he has a better matchup at the high school level with what is probably a linebacker, safety, or second-level cornerback in man and in zone the slot finds a soft spot much easier.
"As a football player, I am still trying to find that elite burst for a player with track speed like Graham has. He is without a doubt a burner, but he is not blowing anybody away with quick twitch moves with his feet. Graham is a very long strider with high knees, probably best suited for one- and two-move routes.
"He plays bigger than 6-0 with good leaping ability and, again, a natural adjustment on the ball. Still, not going to be a matchup problem against many corners height-wise.
"I love his play as a quarterback, where he shows a lot of lower-body strength, balance, and a little more quickness in decision-making in the open field." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
Scouting Report #2: "Wakefield (NC) High School will look to get creative in 2007 to ensure their star player, TJ Graham, touches the ball as much as possible.
"At 6-0, 180 pounds, Graham has a lean, muscular frame but his calling card is speed. His long strides allow him to effortlessly out-run opposing defensive backs and his production is limited only by his team's ability to get him the ball.
"Graham has tremendous body control and shows solid concentration. Because of his speed, tackling him can be a handful for defenders who oftentimes end up clutching at air.
"In 2007, look for Graham to get plenty of touches on end-arounds, direct snaps and lateral passes- all in an effort simply to get the ball in this playmaker's hands. Because of his quickness and athleticism, Graham will also get plenty of snaps on defense." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
Jr. Film: WR #6 T.J. Graham - Video 1 -
Jr. Film: WR #6 T.J. Graham - Video 2 -
7-on-7 Highlights: WR #6 T.J. Graham - Video 1 -
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