BY TCC Sports Information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nick Graganella, a rising sophomore at Tallahassee Community College and a member of the Eagles’ baseball team, realized a childhood dream on Monday when he verbally committed to continue his education and athletic career with his hometown Florida State Seminoles.

A native of Tallahassee and a graduate of North Florida Christian School, where he was a two-sport star (baseball and football), Graganella gave his pledge to Seminole head coach Mike Martin and will be a part of Florida State’s 2013 signing class.

Graganella enjoyed a solid rookie campaign with Tallahassee in 2012. Emerging as the team’s starting centerfield, he appeared in 51 games (44 starts) and batted .307 with 21 RBI, 31 runs scored and a .376 on-base percentage. Known for his blazing speed, the fleet-footed Graganella also swiped 16 bases in 18 attempts.

Graganella was even better in Panhandle Conference play, leading the Eagles with a .338 batting average en route to earning second-team All-PC honors.

He was also one of the top defensive centerfielders in the state, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage in 97 total chances.

Graganella will be a second-generation student-athlete at Florida State – his dad, Jim, lettered in football for Coach Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles in 1983.

At Florida State, Graganella will be reunited with pitcher Hayden Jordan, a member of Tallahassee’s 2012 team who will join the Seminoles this fall.

Graganella will sign his letter of intent with Florida State during the early signing period in November.

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