Down to three for Graham

One of the most physically imposing tight ends in the California JUCO ranks this past season was College of the Sequoias TE Maurice Graham (6-5, 285). He arrived on campus weighing 305 and has worked hard to get his weight down and, after two solid seasons at COS he's ready to choose between three programs who all have offered and want him in the worst way.

"It's down to Arizona State, Michigan State and Marshall pretty much," Graham admitted to JCFootball.com on Monday night. "I'll probably talk to my coaches tomorrow (Tuesday) and make the decision and then I'll let everyone know on Wednesday.

"I loved my visits to all three of them, but for different reasons.

"Arizona State and Michigan State are a lot a like. They are big schools and they play in big conferences. They both have good programs and good coaching staffs that have been there for only one year so they are building things up.

"Marshall was cool too, but for different reasons. They said they needed a player like me to come in and be a dual-threat tight end and while the area wasn't really what I'm used to, it's more about the coaches and the players and they were great to me."

Graham visited Arizona State on December 1st, Michigan State on December 7th and Marshall this past weekend (12/14).

This season, Graham struggled with a broken ankle and missed five games so he didn't put up big stats -- 15 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns -- but he said he's good to go now and he'll be an asset however a team wants to use him.

"I'm an all-around guy," Graham said. "I can block, I can catch and I can be physical when I get the ball in my hands.

"I trip people out when they see me and they think I'm not going to be that fast, but then I am and they are surprised and by them I'm behind them."

Graham will sign his letter-of-intent on Wednesday (12/19) and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up after redshirting his first season at Fresno State and then playing the past two at COS.

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