Hawk Item – – Named MaxPreps Male National Athlete of the Year for 2021-22 . . . earned Associate degree from Iowa Central Community during high school career.
High school honors – – Named to Adidas All-America, Elite All-State team and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior . . . Adidas All-American and Elite All-State as a junior . . . earned first-team all-state and all-district honors as a senior, along with being named district defensive MVP and Class 2A Hog of the Game in state championship contest . . . first-team all-state and all-district as a junior and sophomore . . . named district defensive MVP as a junior and district lineman MVP as a sophomore . . . third-team all-state and first-team all-district as a freshman . . . Career – – Four-year football letterman as offensive and defensive lineman . . . helped prep team win state title as a senior after reaching state quarterfinals as a freshman and junior . . . posted a 22-2 record over last two prep seasons . . . holds school record for sacks in a game and career (37), along with career tackles (221) . . . also holds school marks for longest punt and best punting average (38.0) . . . 63 tackles as a senior, with 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks . . . recorded 10 sacks as a junior . . . 8.5 sacks as a sophomore . . . 67 tackles as a freshman, including 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks . . . team captain as a senior . . . also competed in basketball, wrestling and track as a prep . . . scored over 1,000 career points in basketball . . . placed fourth in state wrestling as a junior at heavyweight, posting a 34-5 record.
Personal – – Born 7/14/03 . . . physiology/sports science major . . . academic all-state . . . parents are Amber and Mark Graves. . . high school coach was Mike Swieter.