Four-star cornerback Thomas Graham has narrowed down his recruitment and will announce his commitment on Friday. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation’s No. 77 overall player will end up.
As the recruiting dead period progresses, we’re about to hit a steep, downhill angle where commitments fly off the rack.
One of a few prospects to announce his commitment on Friday is 4-star recruit Thomas Graham, a former USC commit. Ranked as the No. 7 cornerback and No. 77 overall player in the 2017 recruiting class, Graham is a true lockdown corner, and that was epitomized in his top schools video he released last summer through Campus Insiders.
With official visits spent at Nebraska on Sept. 3, Notre Dame on Sept. 17, Arizona on Oct. 15, Arizona State on Oct. 22, and Oregon on Nov. 11, it appears as though the Ducks are in the best position to land him.
The Campus Insiders staff got together and offered predictions for where the 4-star cornerback will send his National Letter of Intent.
I called it a long time ago. After a few conversations with Graham, I got a feeling Oregon would have a legitimate shot at landing him. Now, with Willie Taggart driving that bus from Tampa to Eugene, I believe that prediction will come to fruition. I think the energy has been restored at Oregon. If Deommodore Lenoir re-commits to the Ducks — or has told Graham he will — I think it’s a done deal for Graham to sign up to play for Taggart. There’s always a chance the Trojans make a late surge, especially because Graham’s sister competes for USC’s women’s track & field team. But I still see Oregon winning out here.
I have a feeling that Graham will be quacking like a duck at his press conference. The hiring of Taggart has revitalized Oregon on the recruiting trail, and his energetic presence is going to make a big difference compared to the malaise that Mark Helfrich somehow slipped into.
Even when the Ducks were being run by Mark Helfrich, they were considered the favorite to land the services of Graham Jr. Bringing on a defensive-minded coach like Willie Taggart and a strong DC such as Jim Leavitt will only help the cause. In addition, CB Deommodore Lenoir could be getting ready to re-commit to Oregon, which is good news because he and Graham are friends. I think the momentum of the Taggart hire carries over to this recruitment.
Graham will stay on the West Coast and sign with Oregon. Bringing in Willie Taggart gave Oregon a much needed boost in terms of its appeal to recruits, and if Graham’s good buddy Deommodore Lenoir lands in Eugene, odds are Graham will follow.
The only thing that has me considering any place other than Oregon is Keyshawn Johnson Jr.’s commitment to Nebraska. Mike Riley coached the elder Johnson in college, ultimately helping him become the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. I could envision a sales pitch where Johnson Jr. and his Calabasas teammate Tristan Gebbia bang the drum for some fellow California recruits to head toward Middle America in order to continue building on Nebraska’s successful 2016 season.
Still, that isn’t enough to sway me from Oregon. Willie Taggart hiring Jim Leavitt as his DC has pretty much sealed this one. Taggart is building out a staff with local recruiting ties, and he has hit the ground running on his own. I think the Ducks close on Graham and the add his buddy Deommodore Lenoir for good measure.