Graham Ready To Be A Buckeye

Wheaton (Ill.) North senior quarterback Taylor Graham committed to Ohio State after an impressive showing at the Buckeye summer camp. Graham suffered a knee injury during the third game and missed the remainder of the season. Bill Greene has the latest on Graham's injury and other subjects.

Taylor Graham had his senior football season at Wheaton (Ill.) North cut short by a knee injury suffered in the third game. Graham, who committed to Ohio State after a strong senior camp performance, is continuing to undergo therapy on his injured knee and is nearly at full strength.

"I tore my right PCL, so it wasn't too serious because that's the least damaging knee injury to have," Graham told of the injury. "I didn't need surgery at all and it wasn't all that bad. I go to therapy three times per week and things are coming along fine. It won't be much longer until I get released from my doctor and I'm 100 percent healed."

"It happened in the second game of the season, but I tried to tough it out and kept playing," he continued. "I played in the third game but it got worse, so I went to see the doctor and learned it was torn. I sat out a few weeks and tried to come back and play again, but I re-injured it and was done for the year. The nice thing was Ohio State was so reassuring throughout the entire injury process. They just encouraged me to take my time and get back to 100 percent. I never once had any worry about my scholarship."

The injury was tough for Graham, who also suffered a season-ending injury his junior year.

"It was frustrating because I was playing really well," Graham said. "I only had one interception and felt comfortable making all the throws. I was playing much better than as a junior. The game had slowed down a lot for me and I was better at reading coverages. I could sense how much I had improved from year to year, and that's what made it so frustrating for me."

Ohio State assistant coach Dick Tressel recruited him for the Buckeyes, and he personally visited with Graham this week. The visit was especially enjoyable for the Graham family as Taylor's father, Kent, played for Ohio State under then-head coach John Cooper

"Coach [Dick] Tressel was in my home this week for a visit," Graham said. "He's a cool guy and it was great to see him. We just basically hung out and talked football. We discussed my official visit coming up in a few weeks and discussed the Buckeyes season. It's great that they're going to the Rose Bowl. I'm looking forward to hanging out with the other recruits and the Buckeye players on my visit." "It was great watching the Ohio State season this year, especially knowing I was headed there to play college football," he said. "The goal always has been to beat Michigan and go to the Rose Bowl. Of course, the national championship is the ultimate goal, but winning the Big Ten again is really great."

Although Ohio State has Terrelle Pryor returning as the starting quarterback, it is not a given that Graham will redshirt in 2010.

"We really didn't discuss the idea of redshirting a lot at all," he said. "At Ohio State, it's a given that the best players play. I'm going there with the idea of doing whatever I need to do to help my team win. I'm sure as I talk to (quarterbacks) coach [Nick] Siciliano more he will fill me in on what my role will be. I speak to him just about every week and we have a great relationship. We've become good friends over the past six months and I'm looking forward to working with him next fall."

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