Graham Shows His Stuff At Ohio State Camp

Quarterback recruiting has been a hot topic at OSU in the past week, and one prospect looking for an offer in Taylor Graham camped with the Buckeyes on Sunday. The son of former Buckeye starter Kent Graham said he had fun at Ohio State and meeting head coach Jim Tressel, but how did he think he did? BuckeyeSports.com has the answer.

Ohio State's quarterback recruiting has been the major topic of discussion among passionate Buckeye football fans during the past week, and the gaze of those fans turned toward Ohio State's senior advanced camp on Sunday afternoon.

But a new quarterback offer did not come – at least immediately – to Taylor Graham of Wheaton (Ill.) North, who left the Columbus campus without a scholarship but who said he hopes to be in contact with the Buckeye coaching staff during the next few days.

Graham also said he's quite aware of the situation facing Ohio State as the Buckeyes attempt to find a quarterback in the class of 2010.

"I know that they had an offer out to Nick Montana first but now he committed to Washington, and then Andrew Hendrix I understand is the only offer out right now," Graham told BuckeyeSports.com. "They just said, ‘Hold on a little bit, give us a call within the next two days, let us kind of talk about it.' I'm going to call them back tomorrow or the next day just to see what they were thinking and then we'll go from there."

By many accounts Graham turned the head of some observers at the camp, but the three-star prospect said he didn't perform at his best in front of the Ohio State coaches on Sunday.

"To be honest with you, I don't think I did great," Graham said. "I think I could have done better, but I always say that. I just wasn't throwing my best today, I didn't think. My balance was off at times and I was missing some passes I normally don't miss, so nothing terrible, but I think I can do better. I understand that's going to happen. That's just the way it goes."

Graham's father, Kent, played quarterback for the Buckeyes and was the starter during the 1991 season. Though Taylor, who was born at the OSU Medical Center, lives in Illinois, he has made a few visits to Ohio State before and was glad to be able to camp at his father's alma mater.

"It was fun," he said. "It was great to come out here, and just being at Ohio State was a blast, hanging out with the coaches and getting to learn from them. I just wanted to come in and let them know what I can do just so that they can get a chance to see me. Those were my goals, and what happens from here out is in their hands."

Graham also said he grew up a fan of Ohio State, and as a recruit he continues to find things to like about the Buckeyes and head coach Jim Tressel.

"It's Ohio State," the 6-4, 205-pounder said. "It's everything it's cracked up to be, I think. The facilities are just unbelievable. They're some of the best I've ever seen. I got a chance to kind of peek my head in from the outside of the stadium, and it's huge. It was just fun being out there on the practice field with all the guys, so I had a great time.

"I got to meet Coach Tressel once or twice and he's a really cool guy. He's great to get along with. He's real nice and he was really kind to me. He's Coach Tressel. Enough said right there. I was shocked I got to meet him."

As a result, the nation's No. 75 quarterback prospect as ranked by Scout would strongly consider an offer should one eventually come from the Buckeye coaches. Already, Graham has been offered by seven programs: Big Ten schools Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin as well as UCLA, Duke, Colorado and Arkansas.

"I've been looking for the right situation for me from the start," said Graham, who described himself as a pro-style quarterback. "I think all of the offers I have right now would be a good situation. I think Ohio State, if they were to offer, they'd be right at the top for sure. I like all of the opportunities that I have right now. I wouldn't say there's any one above the others, but Ohio State would definitely be up there."

Graham said he doesn't plan to attend any more camps during the summer but might check out Notre Dame – where his father started his college career – at the end of the month if the opportunity presents itself.

Either way, he'll try to finalize a decision before his senior season.

"I want to get it done before my senior year starts because my goal is to win a state championship," he said. "But as long as this process takes to make the right decision, that's how long it's going to take for me. If it goes into my senior year it will have to, but my goal is to get it over with by then."


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