Lessons Learned about D1 Recruiting: NC State commit De’Von Graves

De’Von Graves (@vongraves23) is a 4-star wide receiver and defensive back that plays for Appomattox County high school (Appomattox, Virginia).  So far this season he has 21 receptions for 652 yards (31 ypc) and ten touchdowns.  In his junior season he had 27 receptions for 539 yards and six touchdowns.  On defense he had 50 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, 19 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He runs a 4.42 forty and has a 44 inch vertical leap.

Graves was the first commitment to the NC State class of 2018 since he committed to the Wolfpack last April. He is rated 4-stars by ESPN with offers to Virginia and Virginia Tech.  D1 Recruiting caught up with Graves to ask him about the recruiting process and he provided the following advice for D1 prospects:

What do you wish you had known about the recruiting process before you got your first offer?

I wish I knew how valuable the process was. It can’t be taken lightly because not many people have the opportunity to be recruited.

What is a small thing you believe recruits can do to increase their exposure?

First off I think recruits need to get good grades. Then recruits need to social media follow as many college recruiting pages as possible. Post their highlights then wait to see what happens.

What role (if any) did social media (e.g. Twitter, Instagram) play in your recruitment?

Social media is a big way schools look at athletes. Social media is the new way of recruiting.

What role (if any) did camps, combines, and showcases play in your recruitment?

They gave a little exposure but not much.

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