Four-Star DB Thomas Graham Recaps Weekend Visit to Nebraska

Sep. 6 -- Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back took an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend and said the Huskers will be in the mix with him for the long haul...

Nebraska is a school we haven't heard mentioned much with Scout 100 defensive back Thomas Graham. The athlete said once the Huskers offered him, they immediately jumped up his list.

"They offered me August 1st, the first official offers could go out," Graham said. "They might have thought they had already offered because I had been talking with Coach Stewart before but that was the first time I knew I had the offer and that's when I decided I wanted to take a visit."

Graham said several things stood out about his time in Lincoln.

"The fans were awesome," Graham said. "I had heard from some of the guys about the spring game there and how interactive the fans are so it was real cool. Everyone knows who you are and I gave out a few autographs and took some pictures.

"It's a real family atmosphere there and I had a lot of fun at the game. I studied the defense and the defensive backs especially and I feel like I would fit in well there. They play a lot of man, which is what we do at Rancho. We run man and some cover-2 so it's a similar system and I like Coach Stewart a lot."

Graham said he already had a connection with Stewart and the strength coach.

"Our WR and DB coach at Rancho are really close with Coach Stewart and one of the strength coaches," Graham said. "They speak highly of them so that connection helps for sure because my coaches have told me they're good people who I can trust.

"I like Coach Riley a lot as well and had a chance to sit down with him on my visit. Coach Riley is a good person and my whole family feels he's someone with good values and an honest person and coach.

"We know Coach Riley also from Markus Wheaton, who's a family friend and played for Riley at Oregon State. He always speaks highly of him. James Rodgers is there at Nebraska helping out and he's a good guy as well. The facilities are great, I liked the dorms and socially I fit in well there so Nebraska is definitely going to be on my list all the way to the end."

Graham will next visit Notre Dame (Sept. 17), Arizona (Oct. 15) and Oregon (Nov. 12).

"My last visit will either be to Arizona State or UCLA," Graham said. "I know I can take an unofficial visit to UCLA anytime but they want me to take an official so I'm just going to play that out.

"I'm planning to make my commitment the first week of December. I don't have a set date yet but that's when I want to do it. Right now, the plan is to take all my trips and then I'll have some time to evaluate everything before picking my school."

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