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Graves enjoys trip to Tallahassee

Sumrall, Miss., offensive lineman Tyler Graves made an unofficial visit to Florida State during the weekend and believes an offer could be forthcoming from the Seminoles.
On campus for Florida State's 20-15 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday, Graves (6 feet 6, 272 pounds) said that he had a long talk with FSU offensive line coach Mark McHale about the Seminoles' need for offensive linemen in this year's class.
"He explained to me how most of his guys on the offensive line were banged up," Graves said. "He said that he's going to take about six or seven guys on the offensive line and hopes that they are ready to step in and play right away after maybe sitting out just one year."
Graves also talked to his recruiting coach, Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews.
"He talked with me about setting up an official visit," he said. "They said that they would give me a call real soon."
The conversations with the Seminoles staff made quite an impression. Graves said that FSU was his leader.
"I didn't get to see the campus while I was there," he said. "I saw all of the football facilities and they are real nice. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back down to Tallahassee real soon and check out the campus."
Graves has been to Southern Miss, which has offered, twice this year for games, been to two games at LSU and also taken in a game at Mississippi State. He said he may visit Auburn in two weeks for the game with Alabama. The Golden Eagles' staff has been in regular contact and Vanderbilt also has been in touch. The Tigers did have some interest, but has apparently backed off.
Graves believes that his team's poor season (Sumrall finished 1-8) may explain the lack of interest.
"The effort was there, but the talent just wasn't," he said. "Our fastest guy runs a 4.6 and you're playing against 4.4 guys, they are hard to catch."