Before Nebraska (Etowah HS)
Jamin Graham starred as a defensive end for Etowah High School, helping the Blue Devils to a 12-1 record and a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals in 2018.
As a senior, Graham posted 85 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hurries for an Etowah squad that posted five shutouts and limited opponents to just 8.7 points per game. He also forced three fumbles and had two fumble recoveries, both of which resulted in touchdowns. In the season opener against Gadsen City, Etowah trailed by three with 1:15 remaining before Graham recovered a fumble for a touchdown to put the Blue Devils on top. On the ensuing drive, Graham had a strip sack and he returned the fumble 73 yards for a game-clinching touchdown.
Following his senior season, Graham was one of three finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A Lineman of the Year award. Graham was an all-area selection as a junior and had 52 tackles as a sophomore with 16 TFLs and four sacks.
Graham was also a standout basketball player for Etowah. He helped the Blue Devils to the program’s first regional title as a junior, when he averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game and was named The Gadsen Times’ 2018 All-Etowah County Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He again averaged a double-double as a senior, putting up 11 points and 10 rebounds as Etowah finished with a 19-9 record and a regional runner-up finish. For his efforts, Graham was named the 2018-19 All-Messenger Player of the Year.
Graham only visited Nebraska, but he held offers from Louisville, Minnesota, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Virginia, among others. A three-star recruit, Graham was ranked among the nation’s top 50 weakside defensive ends by Rivals and in the 247Sports Composite rankings.