Despite RU Verbal, Graves Still in Play

Shortly after visiting Rutgers, three-star prospect Shamar Graves gave a verbal commitment to Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights. However, despite the commitment, he is still going to explore the possibilities of some other programs.

At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, the Woodbridge, New Jersey native is a prospect that colleges are just not going to give up on that easily. Graves has already taken official visits to Syracuse (10/28) and Rutgers (12/2) and he had planned a date to visit Boston College (12/9). Graves caught us up on what has happened with his visit schedule, and where things stand with the other schools that he is considering.

"I committed to Rutgers after I took my official visit there, but I am still planning to take some visits," Graves said.

"I did not take my trip to Boston College. I am basically only considering UConn and West Virginia for official visits right now. I just want to check them out and see what they have to offer. I am interested in seeing the campuses and what the schools are all about. I have not set up any solid dates for those visits."

"Syracuse is still recruiting me hard. I am still considering Syracuse and listening to what they have to say," Graves explained.

Graves will indeed look around, but he seems to have a good connection with the Rutgers football family, and that connection may be what gets them his signature come national letter of intent day.

"I really liked Rutgers while I was there. It was close to my home and my family here in New Jersey. They have strong academic support, and put you in situation to be successful. The best thing was how I bonded with the team. I just felt real comfortable with the team and the coaching staff," Graves explained "I am pretty solid with Rutgers right now."

As a senior Graves solidified his standing as one of New Jersey's best, and he put up some great numbers despite only playing in seven games. Offensively, Graves hauled in 26 receptions for 388 yards and five touchdowns. His defensive stats may have been even more impressive as he had 42 tackles and led the team with 9.5 sacks.

Graves is mostly getting looks for offense by the schools that he interested in, but he could easily wind up as a linebacker on the next level as well.

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