Moments ago the No 124 ranked overall player in the country, defensive end Taquon Graham announced his intentions to join the Longhorn nation moments ago after informing the Texas coaching staff.
"I feel pretty awesome and relieved at the same time," Taquon Graham said. "The excitement level is me starting another chapter in my life that most don't get to do. It is really a dream come true. They told me you are the guy we wanted and they are excited to get me."
The four-star defensive end held offers from some of the biggest programs in America including Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, TCU Horned Frogs, Georgia Bulldogs, and Michigan Wolverines to name a few. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Graham checks in from Temple (Texas) and is a former teammate of current Texas wide receiver Davion Curtis.
What is Texas Getting?
The Longhorns are adding an athletic passing rushing end. Texas is in need of guys who can get to the quarterback coming off the edge, and Graham can do that and more. Graham can also play the run game equally well and has a nice frame. He is the eighth player to join the class of 2017. In addition to Graham, Texas has verbal commitments from Josh Thompson, Xavier Newman, Montrell Estell, Lagaryonn Carson, Sam Ehlinger, Damion Miller and Kobe Boyce.
Inside the Numbers
Temple High School
Overall Rank No 124
Position Rank No 9
Midland DE Rank No 3
Texas DE Rank No 3
Graham gets after the quarterback and puts a ton of pressure on the offensive backfield. He is a new-age weapon at the positon that can slide around and confuse offensive coordinators and offensive linemen from where he will be bringing pressure. Look for him to be a guy who can put his hand on the ground as a true defensive end, but can also stand up as a linebacker as well. He runs extremely well in the open field. - Greg Powers