Hokies Firmly in the Running for Las Vegas Star

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With 31 scholarship offers in the fold, 6-3, 220-pound Keenan Graham is one of the most highly recruited defensive end prospects in the 2009 class. Las Vegas, Nevada, certainly is not a typical recruiting ground for Virginia Tech, but the Hokies have offered and expect to host the Silverado High School star on an official visit.

“Virginia Tech and UCLA are two schools I know for sure I want to visit,” Graham said. “I’m still pretty much wide open on the others. I have a few schools in mind, but that kind of changes.

“I definitely want to check out Virginia Tech because I love the style of defense. Coach Wiles is a great coach. I enjoy talking to him. I want to check out Blacksburg. I’ve heard nothing but good things. As for UCLA, I took an unofficial visit there a while ago. I met up with Coach Neuheisel and he took me on a tour of the whole campus. That showed me that they really wanted me there. That was the first school I really fell in love with.”

Led by Graham, a first-team all-Sunrise region selection who tallied 52 solo tackles including 13.5 sacks last season as a junior, Silverado went undefeated during the regular season before falling in the second round of the playoffs. The team returns a wealth of talent, one reason why the standout rising senior considered making an early decision.

“I want to focus on my senior year,” Graham said. “We have high hopes of going to state. I want to focus on that. That made me want to commit early, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that this only happens once. I now want to take all of my official trips.”

Graham came close to committing early, but he held off.

“I thought I’d commit early to UCLA based off that first visit, but I knew I wanted to check out other schools,” Graham said.

Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin are among the schools Graham is considering for those final three official visit spots. No dates have been set for UCLA or Virginia Tech, but Graham is leaning towards visiting both of those schools on game weekends.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Graham said, referring to making all five of his official visits. “I know it’ll be fun. It is the chance