Va. TE prospect talks about Vandy, more

Richard Graham is a 6-7, 247-pound football prospect from St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va. The big tight end prospect, who also stars in basketball, updated VandyMania recently on his current favorites.

VandyMania: Richard, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for You've been playing tight end and defensive end at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va. What position is Vanderbilt currently recruiting you for?

Richard Graham: This coming season I'll be playing tight end, wide receiver, holding for the extra points and field goals, and on the defensive line as an end in our 3-4 type defense. Vanderbilt is recruiting me as a tight end, like most schools, but a few are looking at me as a defensive end or offensive tackle.

VM: Talk some about your football stats as junior (tackles, sacks, catches, TDs, etc.).

Richard Graham: I had been a quarterback up until mid-way through my sophomore year, but in my first full year as a tight end I had 6 catches for 67 yds and a 2 point conversion in an option running attack offense. On defense I had 5 tackles, 3 pass deflections and a forced fumble in 2 games.

VM: You missed the recent Vanderbilt camp because of a severe ankle sprain. What other camps do you plan on attending this summer and how is the ankle coming along?

Richard Graham: Unfortunately I sprained my ankle pretty bad in basketball in May and I had to miss a few camps; however, if things go as planned I'll make trips to Virginia Tech and North Carolina for camps. I'm rehabbing my ankle 3 times a week and it's getting much better.

VM: What are schools that are actively recruiting you?

Richard Graham: The schools that are most actively recruiting me are North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Stanford, Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, Clemson, Boston College, Connecticut, Indiana, and some others.

VM: What schools have offered you scholarships?

Richard Graham: So far I have a "spot" at a few Ivy League Schools, but no offers as of yet. However, Coach Ambrose from UCONN said he wants to offer me as a DE, but I need to at least visit for the coach to approve.

VM: You recently paid a visit to Tennessee. How did that go?

Richard Graham: I saw Tennessee last week and I enjoyed it. The facilities there were real impressive, especially the fact that they're putting in a 32,000 sq. ft. weightroom. The people there were very nice and the Academic Support Center for athletes was really nice, too.

VM: What are some of the things you like about Vanderbilt and which coach is recruiting you for Vandy?

Richard Graham: My mom and Uncle Howard Lamar both went to Vandy, so I've been a fan for a long time. However, I really like the fact that Vandy is a top-notch school academically, plays in the SEC, has great coaches and people in the program, and the city of Nashville is great. Also I really like Coach Sisk and his strength and conditioning work. Coach David Turner is my recruiting coach at Vandy, but I've gotten to know lots of the coaches very well. Top Stories