Ohio RB Terrence Graves

Terrence has already been to Penn State a couple of times. How interested is the talented running back in the Nittany Lions?

Name: Terrence Graves
Position: RB / S
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: Ursuline High, Youngstown, OH

Terrence Graves started at both running back and safety last season for the Fighting Irish.

"I started playing both ways my sophomore year," Terrence said.  "I started as a freshman at running back."

Terrence splits time in the backfield with Delbert Ferguson, who is currently a sophomore.

"We run the plays in like every other play.  Sometimes, we might stay in for a couple of plays.  Most of the time it's just me and him bringing in the plays."

Terrence tore his hamstring during a game against Warren Harding last year.

"I tore it on the second play of the game.  I missed the game the next week too."

Despite missing some time, Terrence managed to post some impressive numberrs.

"My stats were 102 carries for 1,187 yards and 18 touchdowns.

"I made All-State second team and first team All Northeast Ohio.  I also made my all conference team."

Although Terrence does not have any scholarship offers at this very early stage, many Division I schools are interested in the talented athlete.

"I've been getting letters from Wake Forest, Clemson, all the Big 10 schools, Boston College, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, Notre Dame, North Carolina, North Carolina State and some others."

Although most colleges are recruiting Terrence to play running back, Terrence indicated that Ohio State is looking at him to play defensive back.

Terrence did not go to the Penn State junior day this past Saturday.  He stated that he would've gone, but he did not receive an invitation in the mail.

Tight-end and teammate, Louis Irizarry was Ursuline's sole representative at the junior day.  According to Terrence's father, Penn State coaches were asking Louis why Terrence did not attend.

Recent occurrences with Ursuline's coaching staff could provide an explanation for the apparent miscommunication. 

"Our coach is gone," Terrence said.  "Coach Vivo went to Westerville North in Columbus.  We don't have a coach yet.  He just left last week."

Terrence has been to Penn State on a couple of occasions.

"I went to the Miami game last year, for the first game of the season, and I went during my freshman year when they played Ohio State."

Does Terrence have any early favorites?

"I love North Carolina and I like Wake Forest too.  I liked what the coaches [from Wake Forest] were talking about.  A coach from Wake Forest came to my school.

"It's always been a dream for me to play [at North Carolina], since I was little."

Is Terrence interested in Penn State?

"Yeah, kind of, but I want to go down south to some nicer weather.

"I preferably want to play in the ACC or the SEC, fast conferences.

"I got invited to a Nike camp in April, so I'll be attending that.  I'm either going to the one in North Carolina or one in State College.

"I think Louis will be attending with me too.

"He wants the warm weather too.  We are supposedly going to the same school together.  We're like brothers."

Last season, Ursuline had to forfeit 4 games as a result of a bookkeeping error which caused them to mistakenly allow an ineligible player to play.

"We had a problem with an ineligible player on our team, so we had to forfeit wins to teams that we beat by 50 points.  That messed up our record.  We couldn't make it into the playoffs and we couldn't defend our state championship.

"He was a sophomore who played in 4 games at the end."

Terrence believes Ursuline has a great chance to win the state championship this coming year.

"We're going to be loaded.  We have everybody coming back."


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