Graham Reflects On Ohio State Visit

Wheaton North (Illinois) quarterback Taylor Graham has just completed his official visit to Ohio State. Graham spoke about his experiences this weekend, and also commented on the Buckeye's recent offer to fellow quarterback Verlon Reed. Bill Greene has the latest on Graham.

Taylor Graham, of Wheaton North (Illinois), committed to Ohio State in June, shortly after being offered following a strong summer camp performance.

Graham, who committed to Ohio State over the likes of UCLA, Iowa and Wisconsin, spoke about his official visit to Ohio State shortly before returning home.

"It was a great weekend to be at Ohio State and I loved it," Graham stated. "My host was Kenny Guiton, and it was great getting to know him, especially since we play the same position. I also met Ben Buchanan, another great guy, and hung out with him. Really, every single player I met at Ohio State was extremely nice and that's a reflection on the type of program Ohio State has built under Jim Tressel."

Graham also developed a friendship with another Buckeye recruit, Cincinnati St. Xavier offensive tackle Matt James.

"Matt James was a super guy to talk to, as were all the recruits that were there," Graham said. "I have no idea where Matt will end up going to college, but he seemed to have a great time hanging out with all the guys this weekend. He seemed real comfortable around the coaches and the players. All I could think of was how nice it would be to have that big guy blocking in front of me. I would love to see him become a Buckeye."

Ohio State recently offered a second quarterback in this class, Columbus Marion-Franklin's Verlon Reed, and Graham discussed his feelings on that development.

"I understand there's going to be great competition wherever I go, especially at a place like Ohio State, and my father (former NFL and Buckeye quarterback Kent Graham) has told me this repeatedly," he explained. "I actually met Verlon this weekend and we talked a lot about playing football in college. He seems like a really nice guy and I wished him well with his decision. We are all part of the same team and we all in this together trying to win a championship. I'm coming in with the mindset that I'm going to love all my teammates, but I'm here to win a job just like the rest of the players."

The coaches at Ohio State took the time to meet with each player on hand, and Graham enjoyed his time with the Buckeye staff.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach (Jim) Tressel," he stated. "We get along really well and we talked about the daily routine of a football player at Ohio State. I also spent time with (quarterback coach) Nick Siciliano and he and I have developed a close relationship, and I think we're on the same page in terms of how he's going to coach me. I think a lot of the entire staff at Ohio State, and I could tell all the recruits felt that way."

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