Over 20 Division 1A coaches have called Silverado (Las Vegas, NV) defensive end Keenan Graham over the past week. This is certainly not unexpected, as the 6-3, 220-pound senior is one of the top defensive end prospects in the country, but Graham seems to be focusing in on just a select number of schools at this point.
Currently, the talented athlete has decided on four official visit destinations. He is considering a fifth official visit as well, with Hawaii and Tennessee the primary schools in contention for that spot.
“[Official visits to] Virginia Tech and UCLA will probably be in December,” Graham said. “I’m going to Wisconsin on October 11th and Colorado on the 18th.”
Graham discussed why Colorado, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin will receive official visits.
“The main thing is that all of them have recruited me the hardest of any of the other schools,” Graham said. “They all told me that they really want me. They all send me handwritten letters. I get a letter almost everyday, so I want to check out all of them.”
Virginia Tech defensive line coach Charley Wiles has recruited Graham, who spoke with the Tech assistant last week.
“Coach Wiles called me,” Graham said. “I had a great conversation with him. I’m looking forward to getting out there. I know it is a big football place. I’ve never been to that type of environment before. The fans seem great and it seems like a great environment to be in.”
Graham has been very impressed with UCLA, a program he admits he came close to committing to after making an unofficial visit earlier this year. He remains very high on the Bruins at this point.
“I definitely feel a special connection with UCLA,” Graham said. “Coach Neuheisel was actually the first one to call me. He called me before the game against Tennessee. It is really cool how the head guy takes time out to call me and recruit me.”
As a junior last season, Graham registered 72 tackles including 52 solo tackles and 13.5 sacks. He and his teammates are off and running two games into the 2008 season.
“So far, I’ve had a great first two games,” said Graham, who totaled...
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