Meadowbrook (Richmond, VA) defensive end John Graves may be the next state of Virginia top 10 player to make a decision. The 6-3, 240-pound Monarchs star hopes to make a commitment by Christmas and will make key official visits each of the next two weekends.
“I’m pretty much going to make my decision in the next couple of weeks,” Graves said. “I’m going to UVa this weekend and Virginia Tech next weekend. I actually want to decide before Christmas. I will look into every aspect. After I take my official visits, I’ll come back and talk to my parents about everything. After I make my decision, I don’t plan on backing off.”
Graves was considering offers from Georgia and Florida as well, but only one – the University of Georgia – remains in contention. Graves made an official visit to Athens earlier this fall and says Georgia “still is in there. The visit there was a good experience for myself.”
Though Georgia remains in the picture, the two in-state programs appear to have the edge.
“It’s looking right now that Virginia and Virginia Tech are the higher teams,” Graves said.
Graves mentioned some positives about each of the two in-state programs.
“Obviously, it’s closer to home. Charlottesville is a real clean environment. I like how it is there. I like the whole area. Of course, I get along really well with the coaches. They are just great guys.”
“I love the game atmosphere. The game atmosphere is great. I love their coaching staff, too. I haven’t had a chance to tour Blacksburg as much as Charlottesville. It’s a great experience, though. The fans take football really seriously down there.”
What factor or factors will be most important in Graves’ final decision?
“The most important thing to me is between which one I feel at home at and how the players act,” Graves replied. “I think the players reflect the coaches, so I think you can know the coaches by seeing how the players carry themselves. I want to see how the players act while I’m on my visit.”
Stay tuned as we follow up with John following each of his next two official visits. When he does commit, he does not expect to hold a press conference.
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