It’s been a rough few days for Tech fans for a multitude of reasons, but there is at least some room for hope after talented QB James Graham flipped his commitment from Virginia Tech and signed with Georgia Tech. Graham, a native of Fitzgerald, Georgia and hailing from the same high school as Jemea Thomas, was a priority target of the Jackets from early on in this recruiting cycle. After having countless schools compete for his commitment, he visited and committed to Virginia Tech in October. However, in December there were rumblings that he was reconsidering. He visited Tech during the big recruiting visit weekend, and was initially undecided before signing with Georgia Tech today.
Whether or not Graham wanted to play QB was a big part of his recruitment, as the Hokies wanted him as a DB/ATH, while Tech wanted him as a QB.
(Graham was hampered by a knee injury and missed time his Senior Year, so there isn’t quite as much to his Senior Tape as there is to his Junior, so I’m going to use the Junior tape. It’s plenty impressive anyway.)
Game Wrecker. A player that can beat you no matter how well you plan and execute. Graham is the best example of a game wrecker Georgia Tech has recruited in this class.
Graham has everything Tech is looking for in a runner from the QB position. He has scorching speed, reads blocks well, and has the bend and balance to break lower body tackles and make shifty moves to get to the open. To top it off he’s bigger than most of the athletes Tech has recruited to the position over the years.
As a passer, he has a live arm. He will occasionally throw behind the receiver, but is certainly capable of throwing dimes. He keeps his eyes downfield when scrambling, and is remarkably accurate in situations where he can’t set his feet. Graham also moves well in the pocket, stepping into throws downfield and moving up in the pocket before releasing the ball.
This is a huge get, and he’s my favorite recruit in the class. If you’ve been feeling down about recruiting after witnessing the last 3 days, this should be the perfect panacea for your woes.