Arkansas may lead South Carolina and Tennessee for 4-star
Isaiah Graham, one of Louisiana’s top uncommitted prospects, is a little over a month away from announcing where he’ll play college football.
Over the weekend, though, the 4-star receiver from Bastrop High School gave some inclination of where he’ll be headed. Graham announced a top five on Sunday that included Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, TCU and Miami, in no particular order.
Of the five schools, it would appear that Arkansas is the favorite. Half of Graham’s family, including three of his siblings, reside in Little Rock, Ark.
“It’s a big factor,” Graham said of his family’s influence. “It’ll be good to play in the state where you have family around you. That plays a big part in my choice.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver acknowledged to the AJC that Arkansas was the first program to offer him last September.
“They’ve been around for a long time,” Graham said. “And they have a great coaching staff, (coach Bret Bielema). I’ve learned a lot from coach Bielema, just sitting down and talking to him. And they’re finally changing up the offense, throwing the ball. I think it would be a great fit.”
Graham, who has reported 13 offers, will take an official visit to Arkansas this weekend for the Razorbacks’ home game against Texas Tech.
Also in the mix for his services are Tennessee and South Carolina.
“They’re (Tennessee and South Carolina) in the same conference as Arkansas,” Graham said. “I feel like those two schools are lacking receivers and I feel like I can be productive early around great coaching staffs.”
On Tennessee: “I love their offense and (wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni). Him and I have a great relationship. I also keep in touch with Tennessee all day, every day. They’ve been around a long time and I really like them.”
On South Carolina: “South Carolina offered me late. They offered me after a Rivals camp. They’ve been around for a minute. They’ve been in touch with me. They don’t have many receivers. Their No. 1 receiver is going to leave this year. I feel like I can go in there and get a head start early as a freshman.”
Graham confirmed to the AJC that he’ll take an official visit to South Carolina on Oct. 10 and another to TCU on Oct. 3. The rest, however, have yet to be scheduled. He will commit on Oct. 30.
Graham is ranked as the No. 15 player in Louisiana.