Four-star cornerback Thomas Graham took in Notre Dame for the first time on Saturday. It probably won’t be his last visit to South Bend.
“The visit was really good because of the coaches and people I met,” Graham said. “Most were pretty straight-forward about how the academics are not easy, but there are people there that can help make it easy.”
The Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) product is the fifth-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2017 and was offered by Notre Dame last month.
“I liked campus, it was very rich in tradition,” Graham said. “I’ve never seen a campus like that. Everything on campus was the same, nothing was better than anything else. It just showed me how they’re all one at Notre Dame.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete spent time with Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght.
“Coach Lyght talked to me about his background and how he has experience with the pros,” Graham said. “He talked to me about how the thinks I can really contribute a lot in their secondary. He said he usually recruits bigger cornerbacks than me, but he says I play bigger than I actually am. He likes my speed, football IQ, and how I make plays off the ball.”
Graham committed to USC last July but has considered himself a “soft” pledge since January.
“Notre Dame is really high on my list,” Graham said. “I can tell you that I will be taking one of my official visits there.”
In addition to Notre Dame, Graham named Arizona, California, LSU, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC and Washington as schools he’s in contact with the most.
Graham has visits scheduled to USC and UCLA this spring and is working on scheduling trips to LSU and Oklahoma.