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Q&A: In-state running back Darius Graham

2/22/2012

Oklahoma had a one-track mind at running back for the 2012 class, quickly snatching up in-state star Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks).

If the Sooners had that same mentality regarding the state’s best 2013 running back, OU would be busting down the door of Darius Graham (Lawton, Okla./MacArthur). However, with the Sooners already offering a handful of backs, Graham is getting interest but knows he will be a waiting game to see if anything more develops between him and the Sooners.

Graham, 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, rushed for 1,492 yards on 200 carries in leading Lawton MacArthur to the Class 5A state championship game. He has an offer from Louisiana Tech and is being recruited by OU, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Texas Tech and Nebraska, among others.

SoonerNation: After a punishing football season, what have you been doing to keep in shape here recently?

Darius Graham: I’ve been playing basketball and spending a lot of time at the gym. It has been pretty good, chilling, recovering from football.

SN: You're one of the top in-state prospects for the 2013 class, have you been able to hit any junior days?

Graham: No, it has been a timing thing. My dad would have something to do or my brothers would be working on those days. It has been very frustrating because I want to get out there. I’m trying to be patient.

SN: OU has had good success recently at Lawton Mac with running back Dominique Whaley and safety Javon Harris. How are things between you and the Sooners?

Graham: They’re good. They sent me a letter, actually, late last week inviting me to show up for their spring practices and game. I’m definitely going to those when I can. I just have to make sure everybody’s schedule works out.

SN: Are you looking at any camps following these junior days?

Graham: Definitely. The first one I’m going to be at is the Nike camp in Dallas. I’m looking forward to that. I definitely want to hit OU’s camp like before. What I love about the OU camp is how competitive it is. It forces you to bring your best. I had a great time last year.

SN: What are you working on heading into your senior season?

Graham: My speed and elusiveness. I learned from this last year I need to be a little bit faster and more elusive. Right now I’m running around a 4.6 [40-yard dash]. I know I can get that around the low 4.5s. I’m working with my trainer and my brother and doing everything we can to make that happen.

SN: Besides OU, I know Texas Tech and Nebraska are high up on your list. What do you like about the Red Raiders and Cornhuskers?

Graham: I’m going to try to make it to Texas Tech here shortly. My dad is trying to make those arrangements. With Nebraska, they like big running backs like me. I want to go somewhere where I know they’re going to use me and use me a lot. I feel really good about that at Nebraska.