TEMPLE, Texas – While many hip dancers across the country are hitting ‘The Quan’ across social media sites, junior defensive end Taquon Graham is hitting opposing offensive linemen with an array of pass rush moves.
“I think I can do a little bit of everything,” Graham told Today’s U. “I can give you a little bit of speed or a little bit of power. I can use my hands really well.”
Last year, Graham, listed as the No. 10 weak-side defensive end of the 2017 recruiting class, racked up 47 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery according to 247Sports.com. This season, he topped that pace with nearly half of his season to spare. The 4-star defensive lineman has recorded 38 tackles and seven sacks through only seven contests this season.
“It’s been going pretty well,” Graham said. “It’s been going well for my team and me too. I really think that we are getting some momentum to make a long run. I think I can keep improving throughout the season to help the team get better so we can win.”
Graham is listed as a 6’4”, 240-pound edge rusher, who gives opposing lineman fits in stopping either the run or pass. On film, he shows impressive quickness off the line, a massive wingspan and often requires double teams. As a junior prospect that is sure to grow over the next year and a half, Graham should grow into a big, strong defender on the line capable of playing either strong-side or weak-side defensive end.
On the recruiting front, many teams have formed a favorable opinion of the athletic prospect as well. Most recently, California extended an offer to Graham, his sixth of the process according to 247Sports. At this juncture, he figures to be a priority for the Cal coaching staff, as he’s the only junior weak-side defensive end to claim an offer from the Bears program and the third defensive lineman overall.
In September, the Temple High standout added two more offers from Power Five programs, both coming as a surprise to graham.
“I picked up two offers last month from Georgia and Nebraska,” Graham said. “With Georgia, I really didn’t know. They really didn’t show much interest. They just popped up and offered out of nowhere. Nebraska was the same way. They showed zero interest. I didn’t even think they were looking at me then. They just offered me out the blue too.”
Graham shared his reaction to landing offers from Georgia and Nebraska without prior warning of the respective coaching staff’s interest.
“I was pretty surprised and exciting to get those two offers,” Graham said. “I was really excited since I didn’t know those schools were looking at me.”
TCU, Kansas and Tulsa have also offered Graham, while programs such as Arkansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma continue to keep tabs on the dynamic pass rushing recruit.
Now that Graham holds offers from Cal, Georgia and Nebraska, a visit to each school may be in the works, although plans are not established just yet.
“Yeah, I think eventually,” Graham said. “Maybe. I’m not really sure right now.”
Click here for a link to Graham’s highlight tape from the Temple versus Harker Heights game earlier this year.