2022 ATH Graves lands UM offer from Van Dyke, close with Curtis

2022 ATH Graves lands UM offer from Van Dyke, close with Curtis

Stefan Adams
In the past, new Miami Hurricanes cornerbacks coach DeMarcus Van Dyke has been known for his work behind the scenes in the recruiting department. However, in his new role, Van Dyke will have the ability to sell the program even more, and he has already hit the trail running in offering a rising talent on the recruiting scene earlier this week, 2022 Bishop Verot (FL) ATH Chris Graves.

“It feels great landing the offer. ‘The U’ is a big program, it’s one of my dream schools,” Graves said. “The cornerbacks coach hit me up, we got on a call. He was just telling me they need a physical, tough corner like me, tall and fast. He said I fit The U’s program.”

While Graves is listed as an athlete that plays both WR and CB, he indeed prefers to play defense at the next level, so he fits neatly into Van Dyke’s vision for him in the future.

“I like defense more, but I can play either or, it doesn’t matter,” Graves said. “I like being by myself, locking down a receiver on an island.”

The 6-2 170-pound prospect says he’s always had an affinity for the Canes program over the years, and Graves said he’s frequently thought about what it would be like to play for the orange and green.

“The fans are great, and I like how the program is set up over there,” Graves said. “I feel like it would be a great experience to go there.”

Before he has to make any decisions, though, Graves will get a special insight into the Miami program via his longtime friend and teammate Malik Curtis, who just signed with the Canes this December and has already begun recruiting Graves to join him.

“We are like brothers, basically family. We’ve known each other for a long time,” Graves said of Curtis. “He was congratulating me and telling me to go to Miami with him.”

In terms of the rest of his recruitment, Graves also has an early offer from USF, while he has been in touch with Iowa State, Louisville, and ECU in recent days as well.

“Where I’m at right now, I want to be better, land more offers. I want to be considered at the top of my class,” Graves said. “I would want to make a decision around this time next year. I’m just looking for a place that feels like home, that’s all I can ask for. A good program, a good environment.”

As a junior in 2020, Graves recorded 26 tackles with 4 PBU, 1 INT, and 2 FR on defense and 2 blocked kicks on special teams in 11 games. Midway through the year, Graves also began playing offense, tallying 27 catches for 500 yards and 4 TD’s at receiver in only 5 games.

“I feel like I did good this year. Nobody really caught the ball on me, definitely not a deep ball,” Graves said. “For next year, I’m focused on improving my 1-on-1 coverage, zone coverage on defense. On offense, I want to improve my routes, my speed. I’ll be doing 7-on-7 soon, so I feel like that will help some.”

 

Comments (24)

Don't pay attention to us being ONE OF his dream schools. Do pay attention to his relationship with Malik Curtis tho. Malik in his ear will definitely have a big impact. Especially if we play Malik alot.
 
He said "he wants to commit around this same time next year"....so no ESD and long drawn out recruitment....ouch. I have a feeling that TRob/DVD will have their room, particularly at CB, signed sealed and delivered by August/Sept with the kids signing on ESD. We cannot go beyond ESD without at least 2-3 CBs signed...that would be a recipe for disaster. IMO we take minimum 3 CBs in 2021....preferably LittleJr-Mullen-(insert name here).
 
He said "he wants to commit around this same time next year"....so no ESD and long drawn out recruitment....ouch. I have a feeling that TRob/DVD will have their room, particularly at CB, signed sealed and delivered by August/Sept with the kids signing on ESD. We cannot go beyond ESD without at least 2-3 CBs signed...that would be a recipe for disaster. IMO we take minimum 3 CBs in 2021....preferably LittleJr-Mullen-(insert name here).

3 is the magic number at CB IMO with at least 2 blue chippers, anything less would be disappointing with plenty of PT to sell as well as a new vision for Miami DBs.

Little, Mullen, and Spells are the local studs but we've seen a few offers go OOS already. I'm confident Trob and DVD will bring in a full DB class that will be top 5ish in the country.
 
He said "he wants to commit around this same time next year"....so no ESD and long drawn out recruitment....ouch. I have a feeling that TRob/DVD will have their room, particularly at CB, signed sealed and delivered by August/Sept with the kids signing on ESD. We cannot go beyond ESD without at least 2-3 CBs signed...that would be a recipe for disaster. IMO we take minimum 3 CBs in 2021....preferably LittleJr-Mullen-(insert name here).
Need minimum 3 corners in this class since we're likely losing three corners after this season ends. I'd take 4 if at least two of them are day 1 caliber kids.
 
He said "he wants to commit around this same time next year"....so no ESD and long drawn out recruitment....ouch. I have a feeling that TRob/DVD will have their room, particularly at CB, signed sealed and delivered by August/Sept with the kids signing on ESD. We cannot go beyond ESD without at least 2-3 CBs signed...that would be a recipe for disaster. IMO we take minimum 3 CBs in 2021....preferably LittleJr-Mullen-(insert name here).
Unless he blows up massively over the next year (possible), doubt he will have the option to take it to Feb. Signing day in Feb. is now for the big timers and kids that get identified late to fill out a class. The majority of kids identified early and recruited for a year are pressured to sign early or lose their spot.
 
Better (and specifically taller) corner class in Sofla etri-counry this year...But man this kid looks good. Tall kid with those feet is a take all day.
 
3 is the magic number at CB IMO with at least 2 blue chippers, anything less would be disappointing with plenty of PT to sell as well as a new vision for Miami DBs.

Little, Mullen, and Spells are the local studs but we've seen a few offers go OOS already. I'm confident Trob and DVD will bring in a full DB class that will be top 5ish in the country.

Little
Spells
Graves
McCantos
Mullen
Turner
J.Marshall (maybe outgrew corner)
 
Dream school....We know how that usually works out for us. He said the fans are great so he must not be on the message boards 😂🤣😂🤣
 
I like this kid's skill set, speed and cover ability. Solid offer.
 
"one of my dream schools" whatever that means.
I had two dream schools. Auburn and Miami. I chose Auburn. My parents mortgage was paid. I don't regret my decision. I still have tons of love for Miami and I've let my donations over the years show that. I think I'm proof a kid can have multiple dream schools and where you sign is always where you really want to be.
 
I had two dream schools. Auburn and Miami. I chose Auburn. My parents mortgage was paid. I don't regret my decision. I still have tons of love for Miami and I've let my donations over the years show that. I think I'm proof a kid can have multiple dream schools and where you sign is always where you really want to be.
Are you saying your parents mortgage was paid bcuz you got a bag or bc you played in the league.
 
Are you saying your parents mortgage was paid bcuz you got a bag or bc you played in the league.
I said what I was trying to say. It's up to you how you interpret it. My point was made as far as I'm concerned.
 
Little
Spells
Graves
McCantos
Mullen
Turner
J.Marshall (maybe outgrew corner)
How do you feel about Moore out of Naples High?

His film is impressive. Nice size & speed.

Canes usually do well at Naples. I don’t see another Byrd type situation if recruited right by DVD & Trob.
 

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