Recruiting: Graham Commits To Cowboys

Webb City, Missouri has produced a lot of good football players, including some NFL talent and the name Wistrom often comes up when Webb City and football are a combined topic. Currently, one of the best that Webb City has produced is offensive/defensive tackle Parker Graham, who committed to Oklahoma State after visiting Stillwater this weekend, his mother, Karen, told Monday morning.

The 6-7 1/2, 255-pound Graham told me he is in between his two listed heights of 6-7 and 6-8. He told us on Sunday night that he had a big decision to make as we spoke while he and his mother were on their way home from a late arranged official visit to Oklahoma State that went from Saturday night to late Sunday afternoon.

"I got the offer (scholarship) on Friday," said Graham. "I was excited -- a Division I, Big 12 offer and that is a real honor. I had other offers but I was starting to think that they (OSU) were not in the picture. But this was exciting."

It apparently didn't take Graham long to make a decision after returning to Webb City, as his mother confirmed Monday morning that he would be signing with Oklahoma State on National Signing Day, next Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Graham plays basketball for Webb City, so his visit to Stillwater had to wait as he had a packed weekend. His Webb City basketball team played Branson, Mo., Friday night and then he was very busy on Saturday.

"We had another game on Saturday morning against Olathe South and then I'm Catholic and I have been going through confirmation classes and I had confirmation," said Graham, who confirmed that it was not just class he had. "No, it was the confirmation ceremony."

Graham did not arrive in Stillwater until late Saturday night, but still felt like he got a full visit in.

"The visit went really well and I felt like I saw everything that I needed to see," he said. "The expansion is really impressive and they are still growing. It is also close proximity to my home and that is really good for the family."

Graham said he left it very positive with Oklahoma State and Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach (Joe) Wickline, who is recruiting him.

"I feel like I have to talk to my family," said Graham, who also has offers from Northern Illinois, Wyoming, Arkansas State, and Missouri State. "I just need to make my decision."

Graham, who started both ways on offense and defense at tackle, made both Associated Press and the Missouri Coaches Association All-State teams, All-Area, All-Conference, and All-District.

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