Graham talks SMU offer

2016 Bastrop (La.) WR Isaiah Graham talked with Billy about his SMU offer he received last week!

2016 Bastrop HS (La.) wide receiver Isaiah Graham got a DM on Twitter from SMU receivers coach Justin Stepp telling him to call him and Stepp had great news for him on the other end of the line.

“He told me he liked my film and he was really nice and stuff and how they wanted to offer me,” Graham said.

Graham got to talk with offensive coordinator Joe Craddock as well and came away impressed by both coaches.

“I could tell the way he was talking that those are two really good guys and he talked about the offense,” the 6-1, 180-pound receiver said. “With them coming in from Clemson and how they put those receivers in the league, they told me how the offense would fit me coming out of a spread and going into a spread.”

The staff told Graham that there’s a great need for a big play receiver and that’s exactly what they’d expect Graham to be.

“He’s seen on film that I’m a deep threat and that’s all they’ve had when they were at Clemson and that’s how I’d fit in.”

Graham didn’t get to talk with Chad Morris, but recognizes that since Morris is bringing his up-tempo, successful offensive scheme to Dallas, it’s not going to be long before SMU is good.

“I think he can turn it around you know watching Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins and all those athletes coming out of there, if he can get some athletes I know he could turn it around,” Graham said.

Graham admits he knew of SMU, but didn’t know too much about the program, which is rebuilding under Morris, something that doesn’t sway him either way.

“I want to go where I can help turn it around. It doesn’t matter about the record and all that,” Graham said. “I want to go in somewhere that fits me so I can help turn it around, but if it’s already turned around I can help keep it going on that path.”

Stepp and Craddock invited Graham to visit SMU for its junior day, but that’s not the only school that’s beating down Graham’s door.

Tennessee, Texas Tech, Miami, TCU, Arkansas, Tulsa and others are some of the schools that have offered Graham, who is at of one of the best high schools at producing receivers in the country.

“I grew up watching him (Reuben Randle) and a lot of other good athletes so playing receiver at my high school is a big deal because we have some of the best receivers come through here so it’s not easy filling those shoes, but I try everyday.”

SMU’s location would also help Graham since it’s not too far from home and he also has family in Dallas.

“Not really, but it would be nice to be not too far from home because I’d want my parents to make a few games,” Graham said. “It wouldn’t be that hard and I have family in Dallas so that would be nice.”

“It’s nice. If I go to SMU, it would be easier to find a job you know being around Dallas with it being a big area.”

Graham will visit LSU on Feb. 7 and Tennessee, TCU and SMU will also get visits this Spring, but he doesn’t know when. Graham also doesn’t have a top school yet.

“I will just be waiting it out. I have a lot of people showing me a lot of interest so right now I’m just waiting it out and will make a couple junior days so that will help me out.”


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