East Webster's Graham signs to play at Holmes
Miguel Graham announced his football signing with Holmes Community College on Tuesday. Pictured, left to right, are East Webster head football coach Jimmy Carden, Miguel Graham and Graham's mother, Tina Graham. (Joel Coleman/SDN)
It's pretty safe to say that fans of the East Webster football program will be keeping a keen eye on the happenings at Holmes Community College in the fall.
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That much was solidified Tuesday when Miguel Graham, a defensive back and wide receiver for the Wolverines in 2010, officially announced he was headed to Goodman to continue his career on the gridiron.
Graham's decision makes him the second member of East Webster coach Jimmy Carden's 2010 Class 2A, Region 2 championship team to sign with the Bulldogs in just over a month, joining teammate and cousin Ledrick Patterson.
Graham says his decision to sign with Holmes was made all the more easier by knowing he was joining one of his relatives and best friends.
"We've been playing together since we were young," said Graham. "We've played basketball together, football and a little baseball. He's just fun to play with and keeps me laughing all the time. With him (at Holmes), I know I'll have somebody to talk to without knowing everybody."
Though Graham is heading into uncertain waters with new teammates and new surroundings, it may not be long before everyone, especially quarterbacks in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, finds out who he is.
From his cornerback position last season at East Webster, Graham intercepted nine passes and recorded 71 total tackles.
With his success in the Wolverines' secondary, Graham anticipates that is where he'd be best utilized at Holmes.
Carden also believes Graham would be able to have defensive success with the Bulldogs.
"He breaks on the ball well and is very athletic," said Carden. "He jumps well and just has smarts. He reads the quarterback well. I don't think he got burned all year long. No one burned him deep."
While he wasn't able to accumulate eye-opening numbers from his receiver position in East Webster's triple-option, run-based offense, Graham remained a constant threat for the Wolverines on that side of the ball as well.
Graham hauled in 13 total passes for 214 yards over the course of his senior campaign with four of his receptions going for touchdowns.
Displaying his versatility during the season, Graham also completed three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
In Carden's eyes, Graham's personality leads him to be good, regardless of where he is on the field.
"He's a role player," said Carden. "He'll play whatever role you need him in. Wherever the football team needs him, that's where he's going to play. He's been a backup quarterback, a defensive back, a tight end and wide receiver. He played wherever we needed him the most.
"He's just a football player that does what's best for the team and I'm sure when he gets to Holmes, he's not going to care where they play him. He just wants to play."
Regardless of where Graham ends up at Holmes, he has two things in his favor.
One, his talent has always carried him, no matter what position he fills.
Two, he and Patterson will continue to have each other as a support system just as they have for years.
"It comes natural for those two guys to know what the other guy is doing," said Carden. "Once, we were behind at Nanih Waiya in a (junior varsity) game and Miguel hit Ledrick for a in-route for 30-something yards and scored and it looked like something they'd been doing all their lives. That's something we'd never practiced, but they said 'hey, we can do this.' It was the last part of the game, we did it, and won the game.
"(At Holmes) they'll both once again feed off each other and do a good job. They'd do a good job if they weren't together, but together, they'll enjoy it and do a good job too."
As Graham and Patterson continue their football careers together, Graham admits none of it would be possible if not for a host of others who have helped along the way.
"It feels good," said Graham. "I've got to thank my coaches, teammates and God for giving me the opportunity to play ball at a higher level."