LB/DE Graham has tools to succeed at next level

Elliot Graham is an exciting defensive prospect who has experienced a high amount of success on the field as a a member of the Westdale Warriors. With five years of football experience and a number of notable accomplishments, the 6-foot-3, 225 pound Graham is the kind of player who can cause havoc on at multiple positions on defence.

Lining up all across the defensive front at linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle, Graham’s game is all about disrupting the opposing offence.

As a member of the Warriors, Graham’s skill and dedication helped lead the team to an incredible three city championships, and both the SOSSA and OFSAA championships in 2015. Graham took home defensive MVP honours last season for his talented contributions at defensive tackle.

The highlight from last season for Graham came when his Warriors went all the way to their first ever provincial championship. For Graham and his teammates, this moment was the ultimate culmination of all the dedicated hard work they put in throughout the season.

“The highlight for the 2015-2016 season was definitely making it to the OFSAA bowl and winning,” Graham said. “It was a once in a lifetime experience that I was fortunate to have with my teammates. We played in Tim Horton’s Field which was unreal, while playing in front of hundreds of students, peers, and family.”

“All of the hard work and determination we put into the season and high school career paid off and we won the first OFSAA bowl in our school history,” Graham added.

Looking forward to the next chapter in his football journey, Graham is considering a number of different CIS programs. Graham says that overall, the recruitment process has been a positive and eye-opening experience.

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“The recruiting process has been very insightful so far,” Graham said. “I have had a few visits with OUA schools and learned about the programs of interest. It is a very exciting time to be a part of Canadian university football and I look forward to it.”

“Some CIS schools I am considering and looking to pursue include Laurier, McMaster, UBC, Western, Guelph, and Ottawa,” Graham said. “I hope to have a visit out west with UBC and potentially set up some more visits with OUA schools.”

Continuing his academic pursuit is also a major priority for the talented Ontario prospect, and Graham has some clear ideas of which areas he would like to focus his post-secondary education on.

“I plan to study Business (commerce/marketing) as my first choice and Arts (social science) as my second,” Graham said.

Matching his non-stop effort and energy on the gridiron, Graham’s training regimen is extremely thorough and designed to keep him in top form all season long.

“My training regimen is positioned to fit my schedule with the football season still in high gear,” Graham said. “Monday (Chest/Triceps/Cardio), Tuesday (Back/Traps), Wednesday (Off), Thursday (Gameday), Friday (Legs/Arms).”

Graham’s ability to quickly shed blocks and hunt down the ball-carrier make him as lethal against the run as he is at rushing the quarterback. Along with his knack for solid tackling, Graham possesses the elite quickness and pursuit skills to ensure he makes an impact on every snap.

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Wrapping up his final season of high school football with the Warriors, Graham is focused on the continued elevation of his game. Graham is looking to fine tune every aspect of his game and physical abilities to make him the most well-rounded defender possible.

“There is always room for improvement,” Graham said. “This season I am working hard on putting on some more muscle, strength, and weight while increasing my speed.”

“I am also working on my pass coverage game. Physicality, speed, and strength are important factors I like to work for.”

Part of what makes Graham such a force on the field is the foundation of hard work and commitment he received from the strongest personal influence in his life.

“My grandfather is an influential person in my life,” offered Graham. “He taught me the importance of hard work, resilience, and honour.”

Wherever he ever ends up next, Graham’s athleticism and dedication to putting in the extra effort will allow him to find a role on any defence he lines up for.

Elliot Graham
LB/DE
6’3”, 225 lbs

Teams: Westdale Secondary School Warriors (SOSSA)
Commitment: None
Official Visits: None
Considerations: Laurier, McMaster, UBC, Western, Guelph, Ottawa, Open
Class: 2017

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