Notre Dame recruiting target Thomas Graham felt he had a lot to prove at The Opening Finals at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., last week.
The 5-foot-11, 177-pound four-star cornerback from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., believes he accomplished his goal.
“I think I did pretty well,” Graham said. “There are some little things in my game that I need to focus on but the competition I had and the success level I had with that high level of competition, I feel like I did really good. I proved to everybody out there that I’m the best cover corner in the nation.”
It’s hard to argue that point as Graham has collected offers from Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, LSU, Oregon, UCLA and several others.
Graham recently released a Top 10 that includes those six schools as well as Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah and Arizona State.
He has visited most of those schools and has official visits scheduled to Notre Dame, Arizona, Oregon and UCLA. He plans to add one more school to fill up all of his five allotted official visits.
Graham’s visit to South Bend will take place on Sept. 17 when Notre Dame hosts Michigan State.
“I think I’m going to (take a red eye) on Friday and get there on Saturday,” he said. “I’m going home Sunday night.”
The Notre Dame visit will be the second for Graham, who attended the Irish Junior Day back in March.
“It went great,” he said. “It was different, smaller and different. Basically you just focus on two things, football and school. You don't have a lot of distractions on the side.”
Graham spoke with Irish defensive backs coach Todd Lyght on Wednesday.
“It went good,” Graham said. “We just talked about how The Opening was and what players that I think that aren't really recruited that much that were there that he should look at. That was really it. He said he can't wait to get me up there.”
Graham said he has developed a strong relationship with Lyght and assistant coach Mike Sanford.
“Me and coach Lyght talk pretty often so that's pretty good,” he said. “I also talk to coach Sanford. He's just like me so I like him a lot, because he's from Southern California. We're both like inner city boys and he has a similar personality to me.”
Graham is considering early enrollment but hasn’t made a final decision on that.
Scout.com ranks Graham as the 54th best prospect and fifth best cornerback in the nation.