Temple's Taquon Graham (11) applies pressure against Highland Park's Paxton Alexander (35) during game action of the Class 5A Division I state championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Michael Miller/Temple Telegram

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Meet the new Longhorns: DE Taquon Graham’s motor ‘will give him an advantage early on’

Posted February 1st, 2017

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Taquon Graham, DE, Temple

FYI: 6-3/255; No. 199th-ranked overall prospect and the No. 15-ranked defensive end. Ranked No. 26 on the Fab 55.

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Update: Texas held off a late surge from Oklahoma to secure Graham’s signature. A big defensive end with the athleticism to rush the quarterback, he was already committed when Tom Herman was hired and is one of Herman’s biggest gets for 2017. Graham has the size to play multiple spots along the defensive line. That versatility will serve him well in Todd Orlando’s defense. He can play with his hand on the ground or as a stand-up rusher off the edge. And if he puts on 20 pounds in college, Graham could grow into a three-technique defensive tackle with a high motor.

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[brightcove_video video_id=”5252282477001″ caption=”Temple senior and Texas pledge Taquon Graham plays in the Class 5A, Division I championship game at At&T Stadium.”]

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