August 16, 2008

Four-star RB commits to Pitt

Pitt's recruiting class got a significant boost today with the commitment of four-star running back Raymond Graham, who was in town for an unofficial visit.

The 5-foot-8, 177-pound all-purpose back from Elizabeth, New Jersey decided the time was right to end the recruiting process and he feels comfortable with his choice.

"Yes, I committed," Graham confirmed on Saturday afternoon. "I just decided today. I've actually just left Pitt. That was an unofficial and I went to a practice.

"I decided the time was right when I was there. I didn't know I was going to commit before I went."

Graham built good relationships with the Pitt coaches over the course of the recruiting process, and that played a big factor in his decision.

"I talked to the coaches and they were happy that I came down," he explained. "I spoke to Coach Wannstedt and he was happy I committed. I talked to all the rest of the coaches, too.

"I just built a relationship with them and I trust them. I felt as though that could be my family.

Some prospects make their decision only to keep other options open. Graham doesn't see himself changing his mind.

"No, that's going to be just about my last visit. I want to stick with this. I'm going to take an official visit to Pitt but that will be my only other visit."

While Graham has not received any guarantees with regard to playing time, he believes he has a lot he can bring to the table.

"They definitely want me to come in there and play running back," Graham said. "They're not promising I'll start or anything. I've just got to work like anybody else. Hopefully I'll get some minutes."

Graham said his decision came down to Pitt, Rutgers, Maryland and Penn State. All but Penn State had offered Graham.

Graham is rated the No. 8 all-purpose back in the nation and the No. 5 prospect in New Jersey for the Class of 2009. He is a member of the Rivals250.

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