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January 28, 2009

Meet Avery Graham

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Avery Graham
Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Originally from Baltimore, now lives in Clarksburg
Nicknames: None
Height: 5’10
Weight: 195
Position: Defensive back
High School: Clarksburg High School
Senior statistics: 84 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). 620 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 51 carries. Nine receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 69 cornerback, No. 5 fastest cornerback. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 105 running back.
Bench max: 265
40-yard dash: 4.23
Other schools considered: “It was Maryland all the way. A lot of schools were contacting me, but I always liked the Terps. I’m from Baltimore and I wanted to stay near my brother. I didn’t consider other schools. I had other offers, but it was Maryland all the way.”
Favorite NFL player: Ed Reed
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite movie: Boyz n the Hood
Favorite TV show: House
Favorite food: Chicken fingers
Favorite high school class: Science
Favorite thing about College Park: “Probably the Gossett team house.”
Other high school sports: Indoor and outdoor track
Hobbies: “Playing video games, taking care of my animals, going to the animal farm with my boys.”
Intended major: Animal science
Something that not many people know about you: “A lot of people don’t know I like animals. They don’t see that I’m the type that would like animals, but I’ve been raising animals all my life. I have birds, I have a macaw and a horse, a lot of dogs and goats and cows. I live on a farm out here. I also did something called arabbing in Baltimore. We got on the carriage with a horse and we’d sell fruit. I used to do that when I was younger.”
Best football moment: “It definitely has to be when we played Watkins Mill High School. It was a really muddy game and a hard-hitting game because we were rivals. It was our last game of the [regular] season last year. But we were playing for this little bowl. We went to four overtimes. The game was so long, but I scored the winning touchdown on a 44 counter. [The win gave us a] 10-0 record.”
Role model: “It’s got to be my mom because she gives me lots of inspiration. I don’t live with my mom anymore, but she lets me know where I come from and [tells me to not] forget where I come from.”
Why Maryland? “Because for one, if I maintain a 2.5 [grade-point average] they’ll let me run track and that was kind of my first sport. That was one of the main reasons I got a football scholarship -- because of my speed. But it was close to home and close to all my support people. I want to stay near my brother (9) who lives in Baltimore. And I just love Maryland football. And they have my major, which is animal science. It’s an agricultural school, so it’s the best thing to do. And looking at Maryland historically, a lot of their defensive backs go to the NFL. That’s definitely an opportunity for me to be in the best situation.”

Click here for a recap of Graham’s senior season.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 8:14 AM | | Comments (1)
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yeah thats my guy avery rep Montgomery county for life.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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