Todd Graham has recruited and coached plenty of fathers during his 17 years in college football. Married, unmarried. Engaged, estranged. The relationships between player, mother and child have varied and, therefore, so have the ways Graham has tried to help.
Never, though, has Graham viewed fatherhood at a young age as a red flag on a player or prospect.
"If it was I'd be hypocritical," said Graham, a former Arizona State head coach. "I had a son when I was 17 years old. When I went to college and I was being recruited to go to college I had an 8-month-old."