Graham has SU at the Top

Graham has SU at the Top

SU continues to look for speed at all positions, especially at the all important defensive backfield positions. Could they once again be looking south to the state of Florida and St. Thomas Aquinas HS?


The Syracuse football staff seems to be putting extra emphasis on adding a lot of speed this recruiting season, so it makes sense that the Cuse is heavily recruiting Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) safety Dorian Graham.

Graham ran an 4.34-second 40-yard dash at SU's camp last month and was impressive, earning himself a scholarship offer the day after heading back down south. Syracusefan.com caught up with the 5-foot-10, 173-pounder from St. Thomas Aquinas for the latest.

"I'm on the road right now, on my way to Wake Forest," said Graham, who will not take any more visits this summer.

Graham said SU is his leader right now, though a Wake offer this weekend could change things a bit. Regardless, though, it seems the Cuse has an excellent shot with him.

"I like the whole program," he said. "I like how the coaches don't just look at you as a player, they look at you as a person."

Graham is being recruited by SU cornerbacks coach Jim Salgado.

"He's a real laid back dude. We talk about a lot of things besides football – fishing or whatever … [Syracuse] likes my love for the game, my brain, how I interact with other kids and my grades," said Graham, who boasts a 3.6 GPA and would like to major in pre-law.

Salgado also recruited Graham's teammate last year Kevyn Scott who is an incoming SU frosh. Some may wonder what the connection is between SU and St. Thomas Aquinas. Former Cicero North Syracuse High School athlete Rocco Casullo is an assistant at St. Thomas Aquinas. Rocco is the son of former long time SU coach Bob Casullo. Additionally, Rocco's brother Jamie is currently a GA at SU. Obviously these connections get SU's foot in the door but then it is up to SU and Coach Salgado to identify and recruit the talent they see fitting in their program.

Playing out of position at outside linebacker last year, Graham posted 35 tackles, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He also has offers from Duke, Central Florida, Western Michigan, Air Force and Central Michigan, and isn't worried about whether more schools become interested.

"I'm not worried about that. I'm focusing on getting ready for the season and just focusing on the present day," he said.

He'll likely take a few officials this fall and make a decision sometime early in the season.

"I'm in no rush. I want to weigh my options," he said, "and see what happens."

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