WR Prospect Makes Decision

The last we spoke to Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice wide receiver <b>Ryan Graves</b> he was really enjoying the recruiting process and had no plans to make an early decision. As often happens, Graves has changed his mind and pulled the trigger over the weekend...

"I committed to UCLA," Ryan Graves said. "I did a lot of thinking about my commitment and when I would be making my decision. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I knew where I needed to go. UCLA is right in my own backyard, I love the coaching staff, you can't do better academically and there's a chance for early playing time there.

"That was a big deal for me and what kind of separated them over USC. USC got some big time guys last year and although I'm not afraid of competition, they'll have a year ahead of me of learning the offense. I want to play as a true freshman and UCLA gives me that opportunity. Plus I love the staff there, Coach Embree, my position coach, Coach Bieniemy was the one recruiting me and Coach Dorrell. I felt a connection with all three and that put them over the top."

Graves had a big junior season earning Student Sports Junior All-American honors after catching 106 balls, for 1,499 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has good size at 6-1 and 170 pounds, runs well and is very polished. He's not a burner but has great hands and knows how to get open. He runs very well after the catch and although not a sprinter, never seems to get caught from behind on the football field.

In addition to the two L.A schools, the wide receiver was also offered by Michigan, Arizona and Arizona State.

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