Illinois QB Looks For Best Fit

The 6-4, 215-pound quarterback prospect from Wheaton (Ill.) North, Taylor Graham, has five scholarship offers to date, and will head out to Los Angeles and UCLA's One-Day Camp to try to earn another one...

The next month should be telling for Taylor Graham.

The 6'4, 215-lb quarterback from Wheaton (Ill.) North has five scholarship offers and a host of schools recruiting him, but still knows the importance of this month's camp performances. A broken ankle allowed him to only play in five games a year ago, making it tough for more schools to offer.

"I don't think schools have enough tape since I broke my ankle," he explained, "They want to see me throw live. Schools like Colorado have told me that."

There are five who have seen enough to offer.

"Iowa was my first offer, Arkansas, Duke, but they took that one away because a kid committed the next day, Wisconsin and Michigan State."

Then there are a host of schools still looking to see more.

"UCLA is real close. I'm going to their camp on Saturday, also, Miami (FL), Arizona State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Colorado."

Two of those schools, Graham has close ties to. His father, Kent Graham, played for both Ohio State and Notre Dame before spending 11 years in the NFL. He says both have told him they would like him to come to camp.

"Ohio State has the offer out to Nick Montana, and I know they just offered Andrew Hendrix, so they said I'm in the next tier of guys. They still want me to come to camp. Notre Dame said the same thing."

At this point, UCLA is the only camp Graham has on his schedule for sure as he continues to talk to coaches and choose where he will go.

All five of his offers have something in common: they all run a pro style offense. He says that is key for him, He has been to those schools who have offered him several times, including Iowa, who he has now been to on three occasions.

"I really got to know the coaches. They're great guys who know the game well. We sat down and talked football, I took a campus tour, saw the business school and the whole campus. It felt a lot like Wheaton to me and I really liked that."

His two most recent offers are Michigan State and Wisconsin and he has been to both.

"Michigan State, I went to their basketball game and talked to the coaches. I talked to Coach Roushar a lot, he played at Northern Illinois for my uncle. I think it is a good fit for me and Coach Dantonio is turning it around. In the past, I don't think they have been a dominant Big Ten team like they are now."

As for the Badgers, Graham said, "I know Coach Chris really well. We talk a lot. I have not really had a chance to see the school. I was at the Cal-Poly game last year, but I was on crutches, so I didn't really get to look around."

With so many options, Graham knows he has a tough decision in front of him. He does however, have one advantage in going through the process: dad.

"We both really enjoy the game," he said, "Conversations always seem to find their way into football, whether it's at the dinner table or wherever. I get a lot of knowledge other kids don't have, so I try to soak it up. He has been through the process and he is always identifying good situations for me and that is good to have."


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