Pack Pride takes a look back at how NC State fared recruiting the wide receiver spot for the class…
LOI #6: T.J. Graham
WR T.J. Graham 6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4 seconds in the 40 Wakefield (NC) High School Prospect Ranking: Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 140 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com Accomplishments: As a senior, Graham had 26 yards rushing on four carries, seven receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams he had four punt returns for 35 yards and two kickoff returns 109 yards. Academics: Projects as a qualifier The Recruiting Scene: Graham had built a very strong relationship with the former NC State coaching staff. When Chuck Amato was fired, the new staff didn't immediately jump on Graham but after seeing him in camp they were sold and extended an official offer afterwards. The interesting tidbit with Graham was the relationship he forged with QB Mike Glennon. Graham made it clear that, should Glennon choose the Pack, he had no doubt where he planned to play his college football. As it turned out, Graham and Glennon would commit to the Wolfpack within two days of each other. Scouting Report #1: "Watching Graham, the first thing that jumps out is just how fluid he is in his movement. His footwork is not great for a wide receiver, but watching his body react to the ball, there is no question he is an elite athlete who is destined to have college coaches figuring out how to get the ball in his hands. "As a slot receiver, he has a better matchup at the high school level with what is probably a linebacker, safety, or second-level cornerback in man and in zone the slot finds a soft spot much easier. "As a football player, I am still trying to find that elite burst for a player with track speed like Graham has. He is without a doubt a burner, but he is not blowing anybody away with quick twitch moves with his feet. Graham is a very long strider with high knees, probably best suited for one- and two-move routes. "He plays bigger than 6-0 with good leaping ability and, again, a natural adjustment on the ball. Still, not going to be a matchup problem against many corners height-wise. "I love his play as a quarterback, where he shows a lot of lower-body strength, balance, and a little more quickness in decision-making in the open field." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit Scouting Report #2: "Wakefield (NC) High School will look to get creative in 2007 to ensure their star player, TJ Graham, touches the ball as much as possible. "At 6-0, 180 pounds, Graham has a lean, muscular frame but his calling card is speed. His long strides allow him to effortlessly out-run opposing defensive backs and his production is limited only by his team's ability to get him the ball. "Graham has tremendous body control and shows solid concentration. Because of his speed, tackling him can be a handful for defenders who oftentimes end up clutching at air. "In 2007, look for Graham to get plenty of touches on end-arounds, direct snaps and lateral passes- all in an effort simply to get the ball in this playmaker's hands. Because of his quickness and athleticism, Graham will also get plenty of snaps on defense." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams Jr. Film: WR #6 T.J. Graham - Video 1 - Jr. Film: WR #6 T.J. Graham - Video 2 - Jr. Film: WR #6 T.J. Graham - Video 3 - NOTE: Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Click here for the Free Download of Flash.
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