2022 LB Omar Graham nearing decision after official visit to Florida State

Florida State hosted five official visitors over the weekend, including 2022 linebacker Omar Graham Jr. and his family. The trip marked the first time that Graham had ever met with the staff in person after they offered him a scholarship back in January.

“Just being face to face with them,” Graham said. “I can see the energy that they had over the phone. I could tell that they meant the energy that they were showing towards me. It was just amazing to be in front of them and feeling their energy.”

The Fort Lauderdale native and his family arrived on Friday. Throughout the weekend they were able to experience the campus and have some fun in the process.

“We all ate together, toured the stadium, watched a video of coach Norvell on the jumbotron. We went bowling for a fun activity.”

Early on during the visit, Graham got to check out one of the Seminoles’ newest recruiting tools, the customized Polaris Slingshot. He had a one on one conversation with head coach Mike Norvell on the drive.

“I got to ride in coach Norvell’s Slingshot,” Graham said. “He took me for a drive. That was amazing, being one on one with the head coach. Friday morning, that was my first time seeing him in person. After breakfast, we rode the Slingshot to the campus. It was amazing, just knowing he’s a cool head coach, he’s a cool players coach. I just know I can build a strong relationship with him.”

“It was amazing because you could tell that he’s passionate about everything he does,” Graham continued. “Not just about football but developing young men.”

Graham also got to speak to multiple current players including Emmett Rice, Amari Gainer, Stephen Dix, DJ Lundy, Kevin Knowles, and Dillan Gibbons. Rice offered some advice based on the experiences he’s had at FSU and all of the players had positive things to say about linebackers coach Chris Marve.

“The main person I spoke to was Emmett Rice,” Graham said. “He’s been through like three different coaching staffs. He was just telling us all about what he went through with those staffs, the differences he can see. Hearing that from somebody that’s a sixth-year senior, who’s been through the changes, it meant a lot. He was saying a lot of great stuff about coach Norvell, the culture, and how it’s changing. Everybody spoke highly of coach Marve. Even when they were supposed to be real with us, there was nothing bad they could say about coach Marve and the program.”

This wasn’t just a special visit for Graham, it was also special for his family. His father is a Miami fan but his interactions with the coaching staff and players opened his eyes to the possibility of Graham going to Florida State.

“My auntie, she really loved how the whole coaching staff was talking to me and showing love,” Graham said. “My dad, he’s a Miami fan. So, you know his thoughts about FSU. I could see his mind really change about FSU, he really opened his eyes other than just being focused on Miami. He saw how the coaches were treating me, the culture, he spoke to Emmett Rice a few times, I think that might be his favorite player. It really just opened his eyes and he liked FSU.”

The Stranahan High School product was on campus from Friday to Sunday. What was the most significant part of his official visit?

“I would say just spending time with the coaching staff and seeing their energy,” Graham said. “When we were in the stadium, coach Norvell played this video. I don’t know if it’s out yet but it was just this inspiring video of Florida State and the culture. It was coach Norvell talking and it was him being passionate about what he does. That really just made me want to become a Seminole, seeing the culture change and all that. That video really inspired me, I’m not gonna lie.”

Following his trip to Tallahassee, Graham canceled his upcoming official visits to Penn State and Auburn. He also announced that he’ll be making his commitment on June 20.

Two schools are contenders to land the talented linebacker. FSU and Miami. Graham visited the Hurricanes earlier in June.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect is currently ranked as the No. 601 overall recruit, the No. 64 LB, and the No. 82 player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Graham with his commitment coming in the next few days.

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