Over the years there's a preference by many college coaches for players of a particular or prototype size at specific positions. At defensive end many college coaches over the past decade have moved towards players in the 6'4 to 6'6 height range coming off the edge. Hoping to attract attention and having just that prototype size is 2012 Columbia High defensive end Devonte Graham. At 6'5 247 pounds Graham is the latest player to be featured in SCPrepNation.com's "UP NEXT" series.
Graham's recruitment is already underway and he's hearing from a number of schools early on heading towards his senior season. He shared the primary players currently involved.
"Right now I'm hearing from Georgia Tech, UCLA, South Carolina, Duke, and Kentucky. Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Kentucky are coming after me the hardest I'd say. I don't have any offers yet but those last three (GT, UCLA, Kentucky) may be closest to offering I feel."
Last year as a junior Graham posted some impressive numbers splitting time at defensive tackle and end for Columbia. He ended the season with 5.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 62 tackles, and 1 forced fumble.
Asked about his most memorable game last year Graham said his best game also matched him against his biggest test of the season.
"I would say the Wooduff game. I played both sides of the ball and had 3 pancakes and 4 tackles. I can never forget that big dude I had to block, he made me look small."
The "big dude" Graham is talking about is fellow 2012 prospect Javarius Leamon who already holds a host of offers from high majors throughout the southeast.
One player in particular Graham says though was the toughest player he saw all season last year.
"Blake Hayes the running back from Wade Hampton. He was juking everybody! The guy was untouchable!"
Currently Graham says he feels that his ability to stop the run is his biggest strength currently. He's hoping to improve on his pass rush this offseason to help solidify his game even further.
His goals for next season are plain and simple Graham says.
"To get a state championship and my goals are to play my best and go home happy."
For now Graham will continue to work the camp and combine circuit in hopes of improving his stock. With no offers on the table Graham says his intentions are to wait things out and see what happens but he's uncertain if he'll make an early commitment or not if offers do come.
We'll continue to bring you updates with Graham as his recruitment continues to build so keep it locked right here with SCPrepNation.com.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...DEVONTE GRAHAM
Bench press: 280 pounds
Squat: 540 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.9 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.5 seconds