March 5, 2008

Longhorns pick up yet another commitment

When word trickled out on Monday that Texas had picked up a commitment from North Shore tight end Barrett Matthews, most people assumed Texas was done recruiting at the position.

Not exactly.

While Matthews and defensive back Kevin Brent were in Austin last weekend, they were joined by another prospect, tight end Trey Graham. The pass-catching specialist had been in touch with the UT coaches leading up to the visit and when he picked up a scholarship offer from Mack Brown, Graham wasted no time in committing.

"We went down there and went through a tour of all the facilities and we got to see all the trophy rooms," Graham said. "I saw the Heisman and the national championship trophies. I talked to coach Brown for a while and then I also talked with coach Chambers and watched some film. Right before practice, they gave me the offer."

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Graham was holding offers from Arkansas and TCU, but it was the Longhorns' overall appeal that separated Texas from the pack.

"I wanted to sit down as a family and talk about everything, and that's what we did," Graham said. "I sat down with my family and we talked about everything that each of the schools offered. It turned out that there was nothing that Texas didn't offer. They are a top 20 program, they have great coaches, great facilities and great academics, which is really important for me. I felt like after talking to the coaches, it was a situation where I could come in and help out right away.

"There were other schools that I was really interested in, but when you put it all on paper there wasn't much that could compete with Texas."

Graham, who recorded 23 receptions for 381 yards for Waco Midway as a junior, earned first-team all district and third-team all-state honors. He took a couple of days to notify the other coaches that were recruiting him before making his commitment public, but Graham is now ready to shut things down completely.

"Yes sir, it takes a lot off of my mind," Graham admitted. "I don't have to thin about this all summer. I can focus on my senior year and work on building strength and getting better."

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