December 17, 2010

Graves eyes three

The 2010 season didn't go quite as expected for junior wide receiver Jeremy Graves. The 6-foot, 175-pounder from Garfield Heights, Ohio suffered an injury in the Bulldogs' first scrimmage of the pre-season and he never fully recovered, but still earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

Garfield Heights finished the season at 5-5, falling short of Graves' goals. But, that has just motivated him for the 2011 season.

"I could have done better and I wish we went to the playoffs," he said. "I pulled a hamstring in our first scrimmage so I was just trying to get healthy. Next year I just want more team achievements and to help my team out on the way (to the playoffs)."

Despite the disappointing season, Graves did enough on the summer camp circuit to earn two early verbal offers and interest from a host of other programs.

Buffalo and Cincinnati extended offers while he's hearing from Syracuse, USC, Boston College, Ohio State and Duke, among others.

"A lot of schools I'm really interested in have contacted me," he said.

Already Graves has attended games at Syracuse, Cincinnati, Buffalo and Marshall and soon he plans to check out Ohio State.

"Cincinnati and Syracuse I liked the most," he said. "I plan on going down there again to both before the summer."

Graves has had contact with Ohio State assistant coach Taver Johnson and plans to visit Columbus in the near future.

"My coach talks to him all the time about me he said and they want me to come down for a bowl practice with my coach," Graves said. "I'm going down there in the next couple of weeks."

It's early in the recruiting process but Graves said he's already eying three schools.

"Ohio State, Syracuse and Cincinnati," he said. "Ohio State, I grew up watching my whole life and the success with their receivers and the wins (are impressive) and Cincinnati runs a spread and offered me my first scholarship and is a program on the rise and one of my best friends committed there. Syracuse has a dome and also runs a form of the spread and is a good atmosphere."

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