A late addition to the 2018 recruiting class, Georgia Tech got four-star quarterback James Graham to flip from Virginia Tech to stay at home and become a Yellow Jacket.
An early signing day flip, James Graham was a huge get for the Georgia Tech football program in their 2018 recruiting class. Ranked as the 17th best athlete in the nation and the 38th best player in Georgia, Graham was originally committed to Virginia Tech dating back to October of last year. An official visit to The Flats however a week before the early national signing day was enough to convince the Fitzgerald native to flip to the Jackets.
As mentioned above, Graham was originally a Virginia Tech commitment until a late push by the Yellow Jackets late in the cycle changed his college plans. Overall, Graham earned offers from 20 different programs including Alabama, Georgia, and Michigan. While not all of his offers were to play quarterback most likely, it still speaks volume to the type of player Graham is and how athletic the 6-foot-1, 180-pound signal caller is.
What to expect in 2018:
Graham entering the 2018 season will most likely start the season as the fourth-string quarterback. The chances of Graham seeing the field in 2018 right now seem pretty low even with the new redshirt rule. The biggest reason Graham’s chances are slim to none this season is that he has to learn the entire offense this summer which puts him behind the eight ball, for now.
That being said, long term, Graham has the makings to be a highly success for quarterback for the Yellow Jackets. Graham is an above-average passer and is great when he keeps the ball himself. As recent recruiting class trends show, the Yellow Jackets know that they have to be able to throw the ball more effectively which means recruiting better passers. For the Jackets, Graham is a quarterback who can fit that mold.
But for now, it’s the wait and see game for everybody involved. If Graham lives up to his potential, the Yellow Jackets will be a in a great spot offensively a few years down the line.