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Missouri OL emerges

Webb City, Mo., has one of the best traditions of any high school program in the Midwest.
They also have a tradition of sending talented players on to the next level and it looks like there's a chance that will continue again. That's because Parker Graham, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound offensive lineman, is starting to get some serious attention from college coaches.
"I don't like to talk about myself too much, but I'm the type of blocker that likes to roll over people and maul them," Graham, who has a 295-pound bench press and a 5.1-second time in the 40-yard dash, said. "Coming from Webb City, we don't pass block a lot. I would say run blocking is definitely my best.
"I like to pull. We have a couple counter plays where I get around the edge and make things happen. I'm also really good at getting up to the second level."
Graham was a key reason why Webb City won a state championship this season.
"I'm still riding high," he said. "But reality is starting to kick in because basketball is starting. But it was an amazing season."
He now hopes to cap the year off with landing with a good college program.
"I've got a couple of schools really looking hard at me, but don't have any full fledge offers yet," he said. "Missouri State said I go up there then I would have an offer. Oklahoma State has really been talking to me a lot, NIU, Pitt State and few more MIAA schools have been recruiting me.
"My goal forever has been to play college football. We've been sending a lot of tapes out, and the reception has been positive so far. I know coach Wickline at Oklahoma State really liked what he saw of me."
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