Scout 100 DB Thomas Graham Talks USC De-Commitment and Where He's Currently Looking Now

Apr. 7 -- Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Thomas Graham made an early decision to commit to his childhood dream school, the USC Trojans, last summer but de-committed on Tuesday and will now go through the process...

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Thomas Graham is among the nation's top cover corners, currently rated the No. 44 overall recruit in the nation.

Graham is a highly skilled corner with speed, quickness and is highly competitive. He loves the challenge of taking on another teams best opposing receiver and plays with a nice, physical edge to him.

He has the frame to add size and strength and has yet to be able to focus fully on football because of spring track commitments. Once he gets in to a college strength program, we think his game will take off to another level. 

On the recruiting front, Graham was offered a scholarship by USC at the Trojans Rising Stars Camp last summer and committed at a Ground Zero announcement ceremony shortly after. The corner called the Trojans his dream school and his commitment looked about as rock solid as you can get.

A few months ago, Graham slightly opened things up, calling himself a 'soft' commit in order to go through the process, take a few visits and make sure he made the right decision. On Tuesday, Graham said he's no longer a soft commitment and is now completely open to all schools.

"The biggest thing with me and USC is just an overall lack of communication," Graham said. "Since Coach Heyward left, I really haven't talked to them as a staff that much and don't know if I'm a real priority for them right now. I like Coach Helton a lot and he has told me they still want me but actions do speak louder than words and I just don't feel that connection right now.

"I do still have interest in USC and I'll always be an SC fan but I know I need to take the emotions out of it and treat this like a business decision. I have to find the place where I'll fit in the best, where I'm most comfortable and where I can hopefully play early as well.

"In a way, it's almost like a blessing that this happened because I committed so early and never really had a chance to go through the process with an open mind. Now I can look at every school equally and make sure I'm doing the best thing for me."

Graham said several schools over the last few months have picked up their interest in him and are recruiting him heavily.

"The schools I'm talking to the most are ArizonaColoradoNotre DameUtahArizona State and UCLA," Graham said. "I just visited Arizona a couple of weeks ago and liked it there a lot. I have a good relationship with Donte Williams, the DB coach, he was recruiting me at San Jose State so I know him well and have a good trust level with him.

"Coach Donte and Coach Meat (Martin) at UCLA are kind of similar for me in that I'm really comfortable with them and I like their style of coaching. UCLA was my first Pac-12 offer and I told Coach Meat that I'll definitely be coming up soon for a visit and to watch practice.

"I visited ASU last year and I grew up in Phoenix and have a lot of family there still. It gets hot there but I'm fine with the weather, I'm used to it. I was at Notre Dame three weeks ago and I got a great vibe with them as well. They have so much tradition and the coaching staff was great with me. Coach Sanford is my primary recruiter and he's a good guy and I'm definitely going to give them a hard look."

Graham has yet to visit Colorado or Utah but said he would like to get out there at some point, either unofficially or officially. As for a timeframe for a decision, Graham said he's playing it by ear right now.

"It could come as early as The Opening in July or in November or December after I take my official visits," Graham said. "I'm just going to play the process out right now and if I feel really good about a school, I could make a decision. Once I commit, that will be it, I won't be taking official visits after I commit except to the school that I commit to.

"Right now, I'm just open to all these schools that I'm talking with and I'm not leaning anywhere. I'm going to sit down and do my research on all of them, take some more visits and find the best place for me. I'm not ruling anyone out and like I said, moving forward, I still have interest in USC too. I just want to find a place that I'll be comfortable at and a school that really wants me."


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