FSU Extends Offer

It's no secret Florida State is in need of a versatile yet physical tight end. The Seminoles have had their eyes on several prospects, including one whom resides just 45 minutes east of Tallahassee in Madison County. In fact, FSU has been so impressed by this 6-foot-3, 228-pounder with 4.6 speed that they extended an offer.

Many Florida State fans might not recognize the name Charlie Graham.

But that doesn't mean Graham isn't well-known among college recruiters. In fact, his stock continues to skyrocket thanks to his 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame and versatility.

Graham started at tight end/wing-back for the Madison County Cowboys this past season.

Known as a physical blocker, Graham also is a gifted receiver though he wasn't used much in that capacity with the Cowboys.

Well, college recruiters apparently like what they see in Graham.

"Florida State along with South Florida and Ohio State have offered Charlie Graham," Madison Head Coach Frankie Carroll said Tuesday.

"He's probably one of the top blockers we have ever had come through here. He's a good kid that's real strong."

Graham played tackle as a sophomore and then moved to tight end as a junior. He moved to H-back this season for the Cowboys, who raced through the season undefeated but lost to Immakolee in the Class 2A state championship game last Friday at Florida Field.

FSU recruiting coordinator John Lilly attended the game.

"He probably rushed 400 yards or so and he graded out each week around 80% on his blocking assignments," Carroll said.

Where do the Seminoles stand in the picture?

"Florida State is his dream school and that's probably we're he'll end up," Carroll said.

Graham is an excellent student who is on track to qualify academically.

Leading up to the state title game against Immakolee, a number of college recruiters and coaches visited the Cowboys' practice.

Carroll told TheTerritory that everyone who has watched Graham closely is impressed by his blocking ability.

"Charlie is an extremely hard worker," Carroll said.

"All of a sudden he had a growth spurt and he's a big guy now. He's very explosive and once he starts blocking you, then there's no getting him off you. It doesn't matter who he's blocking. Plus, he's a guy who is going to catch the football for you as well. He caught everything we threw at him this year."

Graham told TheTerritory that FSU would be rank among his favorites if offered for two reasons -- proximity and he grew up a fan of the Seminoles.

"I think I can do it all, block and catch," Graham said.

His weakness?

Graham pointed to his eyesight, saying he needed to wear glasses. Graham tried wearing contact lenses and goggles but said he didn't feel comfortable.


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