Graham Knows His Way Around Syracuse Campus
"I've visited Syracuse three times," Graham said, pausing again to count. "No … four times. Wait a minute… actually, I've been there five times."
It would be hard to fault Graham for sometimes becoming confused by such questions. He's being recruiting by a boatload of schools, and already has 13 scholarships offers – from SU, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Pitt and Wisconsin, to name a few.
"It's great. At first I was really surprised but it's like all of my hard work since I was a freshman is paying off," Graham said.
Graham is a 6-foot-4, 221-pound tight end who runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. As a junior he caught 35 passes for 615 yards and seven touchdowns en route to second-team
Class AAA All-State honors and first team and all-conference honors at both defensive end and tight end. The past two years at defensive end he's totaled 161 tackles, 84 solo, 9.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, 19 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and four recoveries.
But he'll play tight end in college, so that, in addition to finding a program with a family type of feel to it, is what he's focusing on.
"I want to go somewhere that wants to keep its tight ends on the field," he said. "I like how [Syracuse] uses its tight ends. It's definitely a tight end-oriented offense."
The Cuse was the first school to seriously recruit Graham, and he hasn't forgotten. It seemingly will earn the Orange a spot among his favorites throughout, though he isn't prepared to name a list at this point.
‘I'm still wide open," he said. "They were the first school to really get involved … I love the campus and they're an up-and-coming program," he said. He also admitted to being disappointed when SU assistant Tim Cross, who had been recruiting him, left for Minnesota. But he's also formed a good relationship with other members of the staff.
Graham visited Pitt last weekend and enjoyed himself thoroughly.
"It was excellent. The coaching staff was great and I really liked the facilities," he said.
Graham is unsure what visits he'll take next, and when, and says he plans to take all five official visits, so there's seemingly no reason to expect to know any time soon where he'll be going. But it seems safe to say SU will continue to be in the mix for his signature.
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