The Pitt football program has done a solid job over the years recruiting linebackers from the talent rich state of New Jersey.
Saleem Brightwell (Paramus), Phil Campbell (Monmouth Junction), SirVocea Dennis (Hightstown) and Solomon DeShields (Millville) are some of the more recent commitments that Pitt has pulled from the Garden State.
Looking ahead, Nyair Graham is someone they’re hoping will one day join them in donning a Panther uniform.
Graham (6’1”, 200) is a 3-star inside linebacker from Camden High School in Camden, New Jersey. Along with Pitt, Graham also holds offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Since September 1, Graham’s been flooded with calls and texts from numerous Power 5 programs, including Cory Sanders and Pitt.
“Pitt has been in touch with me a lot, I’ve been talking with Coach Sanders,” Graham told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “The coaches have done a good job of staying in contact with me and giving me updates on their games. They’ve been looking good and want to get me down there as soon as possible. They seem very interested and I look forward to building a relationship with them.”
“Since I got the offer from them, I’ve been trying to find out more about them. I have been able to watch most of their games this year to try and get a better feel for what their defense is like. I’m just trying to do my research and get familiar with them. One of the players I really like the most is #12 Paris Ford, he’s really good.”
Graham is currently a linebacker in high school but because of his versatility and athletic ability, he tells PSN that he could move around once he gets to college.
“My game is sideline to sideline,” said Graham. “I run all over the field, I can play and make tackles in space. I’m a hard-hitter that has the knack for being around the football. I can also play strong safety, kind of like a rover. I really can play all over the field.”
Im doing me and staying out the way how could you hate me…. pic.twitter.com/PZoXXgMJqb
— Nyair Graham💫 (@NyairGlizzy) August 21, 2020
Graham tells PSN that Pitt along with numerous other programs would like to get him on campus for a unofficial visit but that’s not possible because of the recruiting dead period due to COVID-19. He like thousands of other recruits are frustrated and want to start getting out to start making visits.
”This is holding my recruitment back a lot because I’ve received a lot of offers and I’ve only been able to make one visit (prior to COVID) and that was to Syracuse. A whole bunch of schools want to get me down there but unfortunately I can’t,” said Graham.
Since September 1, Graham says that he’s heard from Pitt, Miami, Penn State, Nebraska, Syracuse, Boston College, Maryland, Temple and Clemson.
”Hopefully things clear up soon so I can start making visits and start figuring out what I want to do and who I’m really interested in.”