“He just really had a run of bad luck.”
Louisiana Tech represented another unfortunate situation. Graham had an offer, and really liked the program, but coach Sonny Dykes was hired at California. Dykes still wanted Graham, but his grades didn't meet the higher standards of the Berkeley school.
Several FCS programs are still pursuing him, including Northern Colorado, where he visited this weekend. South Dakota is in the mix, as is Division II Central Oklahoma. And the junior-college route at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M might be an option.
“If he really wants to make it D-I — which I think he can — NEO might be his best shot,” Manning said. “I'm afraid he's not getting some of the offers he deserves. He's just getting passed over right now.
“I'd be on him if I was a D-I coach, but there are just a lot of factors that are letting him slip through the cracks.”