Graham Enjoys Visit to Pitt

Hubie Graham started out with 20-plus scholarship offers and had a difficult time cutting that number in half, but he knows that task was nothing compared to what he's going to go through to narrow the list to his final five.

"Well, I was able to get it to 10, so I'll give it a shot,'' Hubie Graham said. "And I plan on taking all five of my official visits. So, I'm slowly trying to narrow it down. The biggest thing for me is the type of coaches who are recruiting me, and Pitt really has an unbelievable staff down here.

"They really make you feel welcome and comfortable. The same things are true at the other schools, too. That's the main reason I chose them. The coaches I like the most, like the ones at Pitt, are real with you. They make you feel good about how you'll fit in at each of their schools.''

The top 10 schools vying for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end's talents are, in no particular order, The University of Pittsburgh, UCLA, Oklahoma, Iowa, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers and Syracuse. Graham plans on taking his five official visits prior to his senior season at West Scranton, Pa. High School, so he'll have to narrow the field soon.

"I don't know, I guess I'll have to have a top five before the season,'' Graham said. "It'll be tough, but it's a good type of tough. It's a little crazy, but it's been fun. My parents and coach support me a lot, so I'll work on it. And we'll see what happens here in the next couple months.

"I'll probably take an official visit to UCLA. I'm interested in them, but it was too expensive to go out on an unofficial visit. I might not take one to Pitt, since I've been here so many times, but I'll probably come down again because Nate (Byham) guarantees that I'll have a good time.''

Graham appeared to get along extremely well with Byham, as well as the Pitt coaches that he spoke with while at Pitt's Prospects Camp last week. Head coach Dave Wannstedt, offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and tight ends coach Brian Angelichio all spent time with Graham.

"They have a lot of good coaches at Pitt, and Coach Angelichio has been extremely nice to me,'' Graham said. "I appreciate how well they treat me.''

Graham and Byham hung out together while he visited the camp on an unofficial basis. Graham was there to support his quarterback, Mike McGloin, even though he just had hand surgery. And Graham had nothing but good things to say about the Panthers standout sophomore-to-be.

"He's a real good guy, and he's a guy who could mentor me if I came to Pitt,'' Graham said. "I had that when I came into high school, and it was huge. You need somebody like that in front of you, a guy you can look up to.

"I think you need a guy who can show you the ropes. That really helped me in high school, and Nate could be that guy for me at Pitt. He's a great player, very gifted, and I wish him the best of luck this season.''

As a junior, Graham caught 35 passes for 615 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named second-team Class AAA All-State by the Associated Press. He earned first team All-Conference honors at both defensive end and tight end. Graham earned All-Region honors as a defensive end.

His combined statistics at defensive end for his sophomore and juniors years are 161 tackles, 84 solo, 9.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, 19 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and four recoveries. But make no mistake, Graham is being recruited as a tight end.

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