Shamar Graves Set for UConn Visit

At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Shamar Graves, of Woodbridge, New Jersey is a two-way standout who led his team in sacks (8.5) and receiving yards (388). Graves gave a verbal commitment to Rutgers after a great official visit, but he has kept the door open for schools like Syracuse, Connecticut and West Virginia.

"I have not closed anything off at this point," Graves said. "I am still looking at all of my options. I am taking an official visit to UConn this weekend and I am trying to set a visit up with West Virginia for the weekend before signing day. I have not been talking to West Virginia as much, but I am still very interested in taking a tour of their campus."

"I am excited to get to UConn and just see how it is there. I am excited to see the new facilities and I want to get a good feel for where the program is. I just basically want to get there and get more info about everything."

The three-star prospect has been very open about the status of his recruitment throughout the entire process and he once again let us in on what he is thinking about the whole situation.

"I have committed to Rutgers, but I am really not looking at what a school can do to overtake them. When you are from New Jersey, Rutgers is perceived as basically an Ivy League school, so you know that you are going to get a top-notch education if you go there," Graves explained.

"It is basically about what I see in the program and how I feel with a program. I am most interested in what a program has to offer me academically and if they will provide me with the opportunity and the connections to help prepare me and get me to the next level."

"I am also interested in playing basketball wherever I go. UConn, Syracuse and Rutgers have all said that if I take care of my responsibilities for the team and in the classroom, then they would not have a problem with me playing."

It would seem that Syracuse would be out of the mix with Graves, as he gave his commitment to Rutgers after he took his official visit to see the Orange, but Graves contends that is not the case.

"I just talked to Syracuse today, and they have the number one journalism program in the nation, and that is what I plan to major in. They are all still in it."

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