Graham Has Tremendous Upside

Luke Graham might not be the biggest player, but the 6-foot-5, 245-pound offensive guard certainly has the talent and athleticism to work himself into being among the best.

A lot of talented athletes were on display recently at the Scout Combine in Pittsburgh, and Luke Graham from Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pa.was among the most impressive. He has a 75-inch wingspan and the fastest 10-yard split in the 40-yard dash at 1.70 seconds with the fastest overall time among linemen at 4.89.

"Luke wasn't as impressive as some of the other players in the one-on-ones, but physically he has a lot of upside,'' Scout Regional Recruiting Manager Bob Lichtenfels said. "It's not often you can say that a high school lineman is a specimen, but Graham is just that.''

Graham has written scholarship offers from Pitt, Illinois, Duke, Maryland, Northwestern and Florida International, as well as a verbal offer from Penn State. So, the rest of his spring and summer should be quite active.

"I've been pretty busy with recruiting, now that football season's over, but I have track coming up to finish off the school year,'' Graham said. "Time management is pretty critical for me, so that's my main concern.

"I have to figure out when I'm going on some spring visits, upcoming combines and camps and balance that with school and track. I know it won't be easy, but it's good preparation for my future. It's all about preparation.''

And it doesn't hurt that Graham has enjoyed himself so far.

"I was able to meet a lot of good guys and compete with them to see where I stand against some of the best players in the state,'' Graham said. "Going against the Gateway guys, Penn Hills, all of them. There's a lot of good players out here, and I'm happy to be working out with them.''

If Graham continues to show improvement, his offer list could grow immensely by the time he's ready to begin his senior season at Penn Trafford. But he'll always have an eye on the Panthers.

"Pitt's a good school, and it's close,'' Graham said. "So, that's nice. My friends and family could see me play with no problem. I like the facilities and the coaches, everything about Pitt. I've been down here a few times, and it's always a good time. That means a lot.''

Graham also visited Pitt for its first intra-squad scrimmage Saturday.

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