Former Meadowbrook star John Graves led the Monarachs to a Division 5 State Championship in the 2004 season. As a senior in 2005, he earned VHSCA first-team all-state (at OG and DE) and first-team all-metro honors in leading the Monarchs to a Division 6 region championship game appearance. He racked up 65 tackles including 12 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks his senior season. Graves was rated the state’s #5 overall player in the state and a 4-star recruit by Techsideline.com.
Graves plans to enroll at Virginia Tech on July 2nd. He is considering majoring in either Business or Computer Science.
Q&A with John Graves …
TSL: With less than a few weeks until you get to Virginia Tech, what is your mindset right now?
John Graves : I’d say mainly to get better. In college, the level of competition rises up. There is no room for error now. I’m pretty much on my own and I’ve got to make it happen. I’ve got to do the best I can do to help the team out. It’s going to be a real difference for me.”
TSL: You’re so close with your former Meadowbrook teammates, so what is the experience of you and your friends going off in to different places?
John Graves : Aw, man. It’s hard at first, but the thing that makes you feel better is that they’re all going off to do better things. That kind of helps you out. And you know you’re always a team with them. When I get a chance, I know I’m going to go down to North Carolina to visit my friend Moe and I’m going to go see my friend Nathan. And actually Coop (Ronald Cooper) is going to Virginia Tech on an academic scholarship. He’s going to try to walk on to the football team. Hopefully all will go well for him.
TSL: Looking back, what did you think of the whole recruiting process in general?
John Graves : At first it starts off real light and then it gets a little heavier as time goes on. Overall, it was a good experience but I wouldn’t want to go through it again (laughs).
TSL: You seemed to manage it pretty well. Who helped you manage the whole process?
John Graves : My coaches. Coach Bowles and coach Taylor. All the coaches pretty much helped me out. They’ve been around...
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