"Coach Holt gave me a call and he put me on the phone with Coach Carroll. It was very exciting. I was excited and my parents were excited," Graham said about receiving an offer from USC. "Coach Carroll talked to my mom for a good while and it was just very exciting for me.
"It definitely came as a surprise to me, I knew they were interested but it was definitely a surprise when I got that call."
After talking with Coach Carroll and the USC coaching staff, the Trojans are currently Graham's top school followed by their crosstown rival, UCLA.
"I would have to say USC, UCLA, and Michigan are the top three, and Virginia Tech. That's my top four. I would say that it's pretty much in that order," explained Graham, who will visit Michigan this week.
While the USC offer came as a surprise to the four-star defensive end, he is familiar with the program and coaches, having already visited Los Angeles in April for the Trojan Huddle.
"They have a long tradition of success. I went to their spring game and I was very impressed," Graham said of the Trojans. "I got to go in the locker room and get a feel for what USC was all about. It was really eye opening for me.
"It was a great experience for me. It showed me the things that I need to do before I go to the next level. I enjoyed myself and had fun. Everybody was fired up, it was intense and it was just the spring game so I can only imagine what it would be like for a real game."
The 6-4, 220-pound defensive end has watched many USC games on television and is a great admirer of what Pete Carroll has been able to achieve as the head coach.
"He's a great coach," Graham said of Carroll. "I have watched USC play for years now and I know that they have had great success under Coach Carroll. Based on my feel from talking to him he is a great guy."
Graham recorded 72 tackles and 13.5 sacks during his junior season at Silverado High School in Nevada.
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