Graham's Trip West is a Success

The quarterback from Wheaton, Illinois, Taylor Graham, talked about making the journey to Westwood Saturday and the experience of throwing in front of Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow at UCLA's One-Day Camp. He got something else out of it, too...

Wheaton (Ill.) quarterback Taylor Graham (6-4, 205) spent his first weekend ever in Los Angeles camping at UCLA.

The result ended up being a scholarship offer from the Bruins.

"It was great, I had a great time," said Graham. "I had never been out there before, only inside the airport. So it was a great time in Los Angeles. I came in on Friday, and took a tour of the campus. Everyone was really kind to me. I was really happy with the trip and felt really comfortable with it."

Graham had thrown in front of offensive coordinator Norm Chow during the spring, but this weekend was the first time he got to talk extensively with Chow and Rick Neuheisel.

"Over the weekend, I got to talk to Coach Neuheisel a little bit," said Graham. "I had met Coach Chow from a distance -- he had come out and had seen me throw in early May -- so I was kind of able to wave to him. But this was the first time I got to meet him face to face. I had been making phone calls to him so I got a chance to finally talk with both of them."

Then on Saturday, he got to throw for the first time in front of Neuheisel and that produced the offer.

"My flight back home left around 4 p.m., so during lunch time I left and Coach Neuheisel said they had liked what they had seen from me at the camp but to call them," said Graham. "So I did and they offered."

It was the seventh offer for Graham, joining offers from Iowa, Arkansas, Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Colorado.

"It was nice to get the offer, because it gives me a couple more options," said Graham.

This weekend, he'll be at Ohio State for a camp and he'll be unofficially visiting Michigan State on Thursday.

Graham knows that quarterback recruiting is different from most, so he's realistic in his time frame.

"In a perfect world, I'd like to wait till Signing Day, and make some official visits, investigate all I need to know," said Graham. "But it's not a perfect world, with my broken ankle, I don't feel like I have the luxury of waiting. As I've collected more offers, I feel like I can take some time. But my goal is to win a state championship, which is something I've never done, and I'd like to put all my time into it, so I'd like to decide before my season."

Graham said he's open to going anywhere around the country.

"The thing I said through the whole process is that I'm looking for the right fit," said Graham. "If that was D-III or I-AA, the Big Ten or Pac-10. Originally, I didn't think I would get any offers, but now I'm taking it week by week. If you're a football player, a three-and-a-half hour drive or a four-hour flight isn't much difference. You don't get a whole lot of time off."

The son of former NFL quarterback Kent Graham, Taylor said he's learned a lot from spending time with his father watching football.

"He can teach me a lot of things," said Graham. "That's the way it is, it's just a luxury I have. He teaches me the ins and outs and he just kind of has given me a taste, given me a head start on what it's like. I'll take whatever I can get."

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