Graffort wants to burst the bubble
Garry Graffort update
Garry Graffort update
Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 13, 2006
Chris Fetters, TheInsiders.com


In every recruiting process, when things come down to the crunch, there are always 'bubble' prospects that DI schools will trip with the idea of taking a last-second flyer on, a 'project', or a player with a 'high ceiling'. In this case, Garry Graffort wants to be a bubble-buster. Graffort is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete from Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, Calif., and he's visiting one Pac-10 school this weekend with the hopes a scholarship offer will result.

"They call me a 'tweener', I guess - at least according to my coach," Graffort told Scout.com. "I'm good enough to be looked at by the D1 schools, but none of them have offered. And the D2 schools and the in-state schools seem scared to offer me. I have zero offers. D1 coaches keep telling me that they would love to have me on their team and they are surprised that I don't have any other offers."

"Garry fits the (D1) profile, but he's not off the charts in any one category," added Ygnacio Valley Head Coach Mike Ivankovich. "That's why he's not considered a blue-chip guy. What if he doesn't put the weight on? Now all you've got is a tall, skinny guy. We understand how the process works. All the big programs are going after the same guys. When it's all done in a couple of weeks, maybe Oregon doesn't get their guy, or Utah. Or Cal. Cal's been in on Garry for a long time. He's on the bubble.

"At 225 pounds, he runs a 4.85 40. Most guys, at that speed, want him to be heavier. Or at 225, they want him to run a 4.7. He needs to be developed, and if you're only getting so many guys, a lot of schools don't want to take a chance on someone that needs to be developed, even though there are so many positives with his attitude, his leadership and everything else."

Part of Graffort's problem stems from the fact that just might be too competitive. After football is over, he goes straight to basketball. "He goes right to running lines, so how are you going to keep on weight," Ivankovich said of Graffort. "He never stops. Once a school gets him in a dedicated training program and it's just football, he'll add weight."

"I haven't been fully dedicated in the weight room," added Graffort. "I have a 6-foot-9 wing span. I think I'm still going to grow."

Right now Graffort is visiting Washington this weekend and will most likely visit Oregon the weekend of the 28th. "Utah was scheduled then, but they kind of backed off, so it's open again," Graffort said.

There's no question he'll just be playing football in college, and it appears that he's got a wealth of potential waiting to be tapped. For instance, the Huskies like Graffort as a tight end, but the Ducks like what they see on the other side of the ball. "I see him as a tight end," Ivankovich said. "He's got great hands. As far as route-running, he can get width across the field and stretch defenses. He's probably a better defensive player right now, just because of the kind of development we can have with him at the high school level.

"The thing I like about him is that he's agressive. He'll get nasty. He already has the basic tools to make him a good receiver."

"My Dad calls me an 'old-school' football player," Graffort said. "I've missed three plays in the past two seasons. I fight. I have a lot of heart."

He had 18 catches for 230 yards in a primarily run-oriented offense at Ygnacio Valley this past season.

So now that Graffort's options are just starting to come to the fore, are there any schools that really stand out? Right now Oregon and Washington have Graffort's attention. "They were the first ones to come after me and they've been the most truthful, the most honest," he said. "I like them the best.

"Both the coaches I've talked to say they are waiting to find me a scholarship. They are waiting for some guy to not want their scholarship, so something would open up."

Ivankovich is hopeful that Graffort is going to pop that 'bubble' tag. "Each school has one or two guys in front of him, but not every school is going to get their guys," he said.



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