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Ohio State football: Kent Graham's QB son commits to class of 2010

Staff Writer
The Columbus Dispatch

Taylor Graham figures becoming an Ohio State football player was meant to be.

He was born in the Ohio State Medical Center on July 31, 1991, less than two months before his father, Kent Graham, would become starting quarterback for the Buckeyes.

"I was born overlooking the stadium," Taylor Graham said yesterday. "If that isn't a little sneak peek into my future, I don't know what is."

Not that he based his commitment to the OSU recruiting class of 2010 solely on that episode, or on family ties. But when OSU coach Jim Tressel called with a scholarship offer last week, Graham -- a senior-to-be from Wheaton (North), Ill., also the same high school as his father -- knew exactly where he wanted to be.

"I really felt like Ohio State was the right fit for me," Taylor Graham said. "I felt like it had some very good options, and the other schools that were offering me (Wisconsin, UCLA, Michigan State and Iowa, to name a few), they all could have been good fits, too. But it's always been a dream of mine to play at Ohio State."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Graham became the sixth member of the 2010 class, and the first and likely only quarterback. Another second-generation QB, Nick Montana, son of Joe Montana, picked Washington a couple of weeks ago. Cincinnati Moeller's Andrew Hendrix, whom the Buckeyes also had offered, is expected to commit to Notre Dame sometime this week, recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said.

Graham wasn't as ballyhooed as some of the other nationally renowned prospects, but that could be attributed to him suffering a broken ankle five games into last season that cost him the rest of the year.

"But I'm fully recovered now, and I'm looking forward to having a great senior season, especially now that I have my college decision made," Graham said.

tmay@dispatch.com

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