Wauchula (Flor.) Hardee linebacker Derrick Graham has started fall camp with his team. The 6-foot-3.5 and 217-pound athlete says that it’s early, but what he’s seen from this year’s squad has been encouraging.
“We have already started practices,” Graham said. “I feel really good about our team this year. Our starting quarterback is a 10th grader and we have a lot of younger and upcoming players that are very talented.”
This summer was spent trying to perfect the craft of the linebacker position particularly when it came to pass rushing. Graham also wanted to get a better look at competition and hit some camps to do just that.
“One thing I wanted to improve was my pass rushing moves. I also worked against better competition this summer. I went to a lot of camps and wanted to get a lot of different looks from players I have never faced before.”
The linebacker says that he feels like he can work well in space. He also says that he can get after the quarterback. When he says that he is matched up man to man he can cover anyone on the football field.
“I think that I can cover well. I like to test myself as a player. I think that I can both cover and rush the quarterback. I think that I can cover a player in the slot, the tight end or the running back. I think that I can cover them all.”
The talented recruit – who is also getting looks to play tight end – is holding over 20 offers now. He says that the offer from Nebraska which he received recently does stand out. The Huskers will likely get an official visit this fall from the defender.
“I have 22 offers now,” Graham said. “I got the Nebraska offer a couple of weeks ago. The offer is a big deal for me. When they started writing me I hoped that they were going to offer. That’s a big name. I believe that I will take an official visit to Nebraska.”