October 14, 2008

Graham enjoyed Badger experience

It doesn't appear Keenan Graham is any closer to his college decision, but the four-star prospect, who recently made his second official visit this past weekend, certainly returned home to Nevada impressed with the Wisconsin Badger football program.

"It was great. I enjoyed myself and it was good to compare Wisconsin to my first visit, which was Nebraska," said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior. "They were two totally different places, but I think I was comfortable with both of them. Both visits were just great and I really enjoyed myself."

Taking part in the second of two huge recruiting weekends for UW, Graham was able to see much more than Wisconsin's 48-7 loss to Penn State Saturday night.

"I got to talk with a lot of the coaches and I was able to tour the facilities," said Graham, who is being recruited by outside linebackers coach Randall McCray. "I got a little presentation of what they have to offer in their strength and conditioning program and the development over the years from freshmen who are now leaders in the program. I then went and watched the pre-game warm-ups and saw the game.

"The environment was great even though they lost. It was still a great experience and Wisconsin has a great program. I'm thankful they invited me to come check it out."

Hosted by Badger freshman Leonard Hubbard, Graham found it helpful to speak with current and future Badgers.

"I was able to talk with David Gilbert, a kid that already committed there," he said. "It was good to talk with him about why he chose Wisconsin and the things he liked about the program. I was also able to talk with a safety from Florida, a guy named Vladimir (Emilien) and that was cool. I enjoyed it, talking with all the other recruits."

As for where Wisconsin stands within Graham's impressive offer list: "It definitely elevates their program. Before I really didn't know what to expect but I found out it was a really nice area and the people were great; everyone was nice and friendly and I think that's a place where I can see myself going and living for the next few years of my life just because of that environment."

With a trip to Colorado scheduled this upcoming weekend, Graham is in no hurry to make his final decision.

"I'll be in Colorado this week and I leave on Friday because I have a bye week," he said. "I'm supposed to make a trip out to Virginia Tech in December, but besides that, I'm really not sure at the moment.

"There's no rush for me, I'm going to go and take the trips I'd like to take. I want to go and see a lot of these places and I think I'm going to wait it out."

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