Graham excited about Kansas State

A scholarship offer is all linebacker Lester Graham needed to make his decision, not even a week after committing to Minnesota. Graham is the only 'backer to give a commitment to K-State, so far.

Recently someone told John Carroll High (Fla.) linebacker Lester Graham that good things will happen if he keeps smiling. And just two weeks later, while still smiling, Graham got the good news he was waiting for.

"Everyone was trying to call me, but I forgot my cell phone," Graham said. "My mom, coach, Cedric (Wilson), and his mom, were looking for me to tell me K-State offered a scholarship."

But getting to that point was not easy for the two-star 6-foot-0 226 pound Graham. After he learned Wilson, his cousin and high school teammate, had committed to K-State, he started thinking about maybe trying to go to Kansas State as well.

"I've always liked K-State, a lot," said Graham, who also led John Carroll with 1,243 yards rushing. "I told Cedric that I would like to meet Snyder when he was in town and I got my chance when he and Coach Bielema came by the school. I couldn't even say anything. I just stood there and smiled. That's when Coach Snyder told me to keep smiling."

However, Snyder and Bielema also told Graham that they weren't sure if there would be a scholarship available to him. So, to ensure he wouldn't be left with without offers, Graham committed to Minnesota last week, who had been pursuing him vigorously.

"My coach here told me I should commit to Minnesota in case I wasn't offered at K-State," he said. "I didn't want to get left with nothing and Minnesota has a good program."

But as soon as he committed to former University of Kansas coach Glen Mason and his Gophers, the offer from K-State was delivered. Graham then visited K-State this past weekend and loved what he saw, committing Sunday night.

"It was good," he said. "From the minute I got there, I felt like I was part of the family. They treated me with a lot of love."

Though Graham was very successful at running back in high school, defense is where he wants to be, and with his 4.48 40-yards, he could prove to be a real force on the Lynch Mob defense in the future.

"I love to run the ball, but I like to hit people more," he said. "I plan to run track this season too, so I can get even faster."

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