Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic offensive tackle Gunnar Graham (6-5, 300), had a number of offers out West, but when he picked Colorado, there was nothing that could have topped the Buffs.
“I picked Colorado for a lot of reasons, but I noticed that their tradition was amazing,” said Graham. “They’ve played football for over 100 years, no matter what they did, win or lose, they had the same brotherhood and the same feel there. And that played a big role.”
Graham had offers from Utah, San Diego State and Utah State among others, but he couldn’t see himself anywhere but Boulder.
“Another big part is that I enjoyed the campus and the school so much,” said Graham. “If something were to happen to me, and I couldn’t keep playing football, I could still see myself going to school there as a student.”
Steve Marshall, the Buffs’ offensive line coach, made a big impression on Graham.
“Coach Marshall is a great coach and I love his approach to the offensive line,” said Graham. “He says were all one package together, we’re the tip of the spear, the Buffalo’s horns. If the offensive line doesn’t do well, the rest of the team won’t, so I think what he does there is so powerful.”
Graham has also built a good rapport with Colorado head coach Jon Embree.
“It’s been fun talking with Coach Embree,” said Graham. “He’s a great coach and great person, and he’s always talking about how you can get better, how you can improve. He’s willing to help through thick and thin.”
Graham said that the Colorado coaches are bringing him in as just an offensive linemen, waiting until he gets there to decide which spot they’ll put him at.
“They talked at first, about putting me straight in to left tackle,” said Graham. “But then they were thinking of bringing me in to guard so I can adjust to the college game. Really, Coach Marshall says basically they’d put me anywhere on the line. They look at me more as a universal offensive lineman. I have actually played every position on the offensive line since my Pop Warner years. Wherever they put me, I’ll play it with full responsibility. They want me to come in and be ready to compete and don’t plan to redshirt me.”
Graham has just taken unofficial visits to Boulder, and plans to take an unofficial during the season, while saving his official visit for January.
“I’m only doing unofficials until after our season, which I hope we are playing in December for a championship, so other than unofficials, I won’t see Colorado officially until January,” said Graham.
Marin Catholic is 6-1 and projected by Scout.com to play in the CIF State D-III championship game.