David Graves played so well against Oak Ridge that he earned a college scholarship.
Well, not exactly, but Graves did receive a phone call Sunday from University of Nevada Reno coaches Barry Sacks and Chris Ault, offering him a scholarship, which he gladly accepted.
With Sacks, Nevada Reno’s recruiting coordinator for Northern California, in attendance Friday night, Graves threw five touchdown passes and ran for another during Folsom’s 46-22 win over Oak Ridge on Friday night.
“He called me Sunday and said he was very impressed with my performance in the Oak Ridge game,” Graves said. “He said this is a little overdue, but he said he’s got an offer in the bag and that he’s sending a formal offer in the mail.”
Graves, who had known for months that Nevada Reno was interested in him, wasn’t surprised by the offer, but was happy.
“I’m very excited and have been calling my family members all day,” Graves said. “The Reno coaches have all been consistent in keeping updated with me so I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been up the campus many times and I’m definitely sold on the lifestyle and the campus.”
Graves, who plays the tenor saxophone, is a member of Folsom’s jazz program and Nevada Reno also has a strong jazz program, which fits Graves perfectly.
Graves’ football coach, Kris Richardson, was obviously happy for his quarterback.
“It’s a great day for Dave and for our program,” Richardson said. “That’s two years in a row that we’ve had our quarterback get a college scholarship so it’s good for our program.”
Graves was grateful to those who have helped him develop as a player.
“I want to thank Coach Richardson and Troy Taylor for all their help,” Graves said. “They’ve both done so much for me, helping me to become a better player.
“I’d also like to thank Patrick Gallagher and Pure Athletics with all the exercises and workouts that helped me become a better athlete.”