WR Prospect Graves Gets Offers

<b>Ryan Graves</b>, the wide receiver from Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice, has seen his recruitment blow up this spring. We saw him at the Nike 7-on-7 Passing Championship Thursday and spoke to him about his recruitment. He said he has a favorite…

Ryan Graves, 6-1, 170, caught 106 passes for 1,499 yards last year playing for Pasadena (Calif.) Muir. There he earned Student Sports Junior All-American honors.

Steve Clarkson of Air 7 Sports, a Southern California high school football guru, had nothing but high praise for Graves when he spoke with Greg Biggins of TheInsiders.

"I think he's a great football player," Clarkson said. "I had him at Muir last year and he was incredible. I think if I could have coached him for one more year, you would have been talking about Ryan as one of the best receivers to ever come around the area. He's gifted and will be a great college player."

Watching him at the 7-on-7 Thursday, Graves has a good, flexible body, runs good routes and has excellent hands. He doesn't have blazing speed, but he showed a great burst at times, and good athleticism, jumping a smidge under 30 inches at the Nike Camp.

In regards to recruiting, Graves said he's hearing from a wide range of schools and has already received some big offers. USC and Tulane offered Graves when he was a junior, and since he's added to his list of offers. "UCLA, Michigan, Tulane, USC and Boston College have all offered," Graves said. When asked about his favorites he rattled off, "UCLA, Michigan, Tulane, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon."

Graves did say, though, that he has one favorite at the top of the list. "UCLA is probably my favorite right now. I went to their camp, met their head coach, coach Dorrell, and really enjoyed myself there. I want to stay close to home, and I really like UCLA's coaching staff, and its location and education."

Graves said that he won't make a final decision anytime soon. "I plan on waiting. I don't think I'll commit until after my season, probably in December. I just want to make sure I find the best program for me."

Graves said he had an overall GPA close to 3.0 and will retake the SAT in the fall.

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