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Graves visits MDs camp

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Defensive end John Graves out of Richmond (Va.) Meadowbrook recently took in a visit to Maryland's camp. What did the prospect think of his day at College Park?
"Maryland's camp was good and fun," he said. "I learned a lot and there was a lot of competition there. We did some one-on-ones and I guess I did well, everyone there was pretty good.
"Maryland is a great school and the coaches were class act guys. The campus was pretty nice too."
At the camp, the 6-foot-3, 249-pounder was hampered by an injury. How serious was it?
"It's not serious at all, it was a minor strain and I'm back to normal now."
Currently, Graves holds offers from Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
"I'm pretty wide open right now," he said. "I'm just looking at the educational programs at the schools. I'm also looking at their recruiting classes coming up, and how I get along with the players and coaches."
Two other schools showing interest in the defensive end that haven't offered are LSU and Florida.
"Those are the main schools showing interest that haven't offered," he said. "I like both of them because they are great programs. I had a chance to meet the Florida coaching staff and they're pretty good, I was impressed by them. LSU has sent me a lot of handwritten letters in the mail, but right now everyone is even. Every school has something great about them and I understand that I have to be patient with my decision."
Graves may not be done taking visits this summer as he is considering trips to nearby schools including Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina State before the season starts.
"I just want to go and learn more about those programs," he said. "I want to see who they are bringing in and just check out the schools some more before the season."
The defensive end isn't planning to disrupt his senior year with recruiting.
"I've thought about my official visits, but I haven't decided which schools I'll even consider visiting yet," he said. "I've got to look more into it, but I'm looking at taking my officials after the football season because I don't want to interrupt my season at all."
With his visits coming in November or later, Graves is probably going to make a decision close to Signing Day.
Most schools are recruiting the Rivals 250 prospect as a defensive end, although Maryland and Virginia are looking at him filling a linebacker position in their 3-4 defenses.
"Both have mentioned me at either outside linebacker or defensive end," he said. "It doesn't really matter to me. I'm willing to play whatever position the coaches want."
The No. 9 prospect in Virginia is preparing for the season as two-a-days are quickly approaching on August 15th.
"I'm just working to get bigger, faster and stronger," he said. "The main goal for our team is to win another state title. For me, I've always got to get better. I want to be quicker on the backside and chase down tackles more this year. I'm also looking to take better pursuit angles and I'm working on my technique. Hopefully the seniors here can bring this team along and give them that senior leadership. We as seniors are making a commitment to our team to not just have a winning season, but a winning program."
The four-star prospect was named first team all-metro, first team all-region, second team all-state, first team all-district and defensive player of the year in Division-5. He ended the season with 10 sacks as a junior.
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