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BREAKING: Florida State lands three-star linebacker Omar Graham Jr.

Florida State received good news on Father’s Day as longtime #Tribe22 target and three-star linebacker Omar Graham Jr. announced his commitment to the Seminoles over Miami, Auburn, Penn State, and others.

Graham spoke with NoleGameday to discuss his decision and how all of this came together. According to him, he’s actually been silently committed to FSU for a few months.

”Not even gonna lie,” Graham said. “I’ve been silently committed for the last two or three months. This visit really did it for me, it made me feel at home. I just feel like I didn’t want to wait any longer so I just want to come home to Florida State.”

The Fort Lauderdale native took his official visit to Tallahassee last weekend. During the trip, he informed the coaching staff and his family that he’d be choosing the Seminoles.

“I told coach Norvell, coach Marve, and coach Dugans,” Graham said. “I told coach Norvell in our private meeting the morning when we left [on his official visit], I told him in the private meeting I was going to announce. He was very excited, he was very passionate, and he can’t wait. Coach Marve, he was very excited for me. I sent him my commitment graphic and that gave him chills.”

“I told my aunt the Saturday night,” Graham continued. “The day before we left, I told her I felt like everything was right. She said she was happy for me and that she’d be a fan of me wherever I go. My dad said he’d be a fan of whatever school I go to.”



In the end, this recruitment came down to Florida State and Miami. Graham officially visited both schools before canceling his other official visits. Why did he commit to the ‘Noles over the Hurricanes?

“The relationships, the way they made me feel, the scheme fit,” Graham said. “Coach Marve, everyone speaks so highly of him. Coach Norvell, how he’s just so passionate about everything. I can see the culture changing, not just me, the players are seeing it, some players that have been through different staffs, they’re seeing that the culture is changing. I feel like Florida State is going to be back on top soon and it’s an amazing fit for me.”

Graham has been building relationships with some of the other commits in FSU’s 2022 class, including Aliou Bah and Aaron Hester. He was impressed by how locked in the members of the class are.

“I know most of them,” Graham said. “I talk to [Aliou] Bah, the offensive lineman, and Aaron Hester a lot.”

“That’s one thing,” Graham continued. “That’s just amazing to see how locked in they are. I heard about Travis [Hunter] not answering phone calls from other big schools. That’s what made me look more into Florida State to see what was really going on. Then he posted something with coach Norvell, when he said that, it made me feel that way too. Coach Norvell is a very passionate person, he’s just always going to push you. Just seeing them locked in, I don’t know, it meant something.”

The Stranahan High School product can play either inside or outside the box. The staff loves his athleticism and versatility.

“I’m always going to work no matter what,” Graham said. “I’m very humble and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get the team winning. Whether special teams, anywhere on the defense, anything. I’m very aggressive and fast, I’m very fast for my position and size. I’m very athletic and smart. I have good reaction. I’m very explosive too so that all fits into a great linebacker and I believe that’s why I’ll excel at Florida State.”

A portion of his official visit focused on academics as Graham got a chance to meet with a Mechanical Engineering professor. He’s looking at a couple of different majors right now.

“I met with a Mechanical Engineering professor on Saturday [on his official visit],” Graham said. “That was amazing because he was very down to earth. He was saying they’re combined with FAMU and there are a lot of resources for not only students but even more for athletics. I know if I plan to go the Mechanical Engineering that would be a great route for me. Sports Business, Physical Therapy, I’m still looking into those two but I would say Mechanical Engineering is probably where my heart is at.”

During the fall, Graham will likely take some more official and unofficial visits to colleges that continue to pursue him. He recently spoke with coach Marve about his plan to early enroll at FSU.

“I know I was planning on shutting things down but I’m probably going to take some officials in the fall,” Graham said. “I’ll probably visit some schools unofficially but I would say I’m pretty solid on my commitment. I know Florida State is home.”

“Actually, I just told coach Marve about that yesterday,” Graham continued. “I told him that I want to come early so he can talk to my guidance counselor about that. I know I’m going to take online classes but I’m planning on it.”

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker is ranked as the No. 605 overall prospect, the No. 64 LB, and the No. 81 recruit in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports. We see him as a potential riser during his senior season with a chance to earn a fourth star. The Seminoles now have nine commitments in their 2022 class which ranks No. 8 in the country.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest as the momentum continues to grow on the recruiting trail.


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