Graham Excited About Opportunity

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With offensive line being a need area in this year’s class, Virginia Tech was in the hunt for some talented prospects with a lot of potential that could play on the offensive line on the next level. The Hokies recently turned up the heat on St. Christopher’s (Richmond, VA) standout Richard Graham, a recruit that displays good athleticism to go along with his 6-7, 250-pound frame.

Graham, who received an offer from Tech while on his official visit to Blacksburg this past weekend, verbally committed to the Hokies today.

“I committed during last period of school today,” Graham said. “I decided after I spoke with all of my family. After I found out that they were comfortable with the decision I decided to go ahead and commit.

“I’m really, really excited. It’s my dream to play Division I-A football, and I figured I have a great chance to do that under some really great and nice people.”

Playing on both sides of the ball, Graham helped his team to a league championship title in 2004. He was primarily a blocker on offense. On defense, he tallied 52 tackles including 8 tackles-for-loss, 3 sacks and one fumble recovery.

“He had a great year for us,” St. Christopher’s Head Coach Paul Padalino said. “He did really well at tight end. We’re primarily an option team so he didn’t catch many passes, but he showed that he can block. He also played defensive end. He had a really good year defensively.”

Coach Padalino believes that the Virginia Tech coaches, led by primary recruiter Jim Cavanaugh, see a player with a lot of potential on the next level.

“The thing about Richard is that he’s a big, athletic kid,” Padalino explained. “He’s 6-7, 250-pounds, he moves well and plays basketball. I think they see a kid who has the potential to get bigger and stronger and continue to be athletic. I think he’ll move inside to the offensive line on the next level. I think they project him as a tackle.”

An excellent student, Graham was also heavily recruited by Princeton and Harvard.

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