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Family, brotherhood play role in Sapp’s commitment to FSU

FSU head coach Mike Norvell has added five new commitments to its 2022 recruiting since last weekend, including three from some very big and talented offensive line prospects. Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County guard prospect Qae’shon Sapp was the first of three to announce his verbal commitment on Saturday, followed by guard prospect Kanaya Charlton and offensive tackle prospect Antavious Woody.

Sapp said he has been silently committed for three months but decided to publicly announce his decision on the second day of his official visit at Florida State.

“It’s close to home, my mom can come to all my games, the opportunity to play early as well, and Coach Atkins is going to develop me the way I need to be developed to get me where I need to be,” said Sapp about committing to FSU.

Sapp had planned to announce his commitment in July but threw his plan out the door when he saw how emotional his mother became during the visit. He spoke of the hardships that his mother has battled to support four boys as a single mother.

“She’s the reason I committed early when I was supposed to wait until July 3,” said Sapp. “I just felt at home. I’ve been going through a lot as a kid, growing up the way we grew up. Just seeing my mom watch me accomplish my dreams and achieve the goals I’ve been trying to achieve since I was young was amazing. I did it for her.”

Once he gave his pledge to Norvell, Sapp immediately began help recruit the other prospects who were taking part in FSU’s official visit weekend. That included a high school teammate, linebacker Jarron Willis, who is currently committed to Georgia Tech.

“I’ll just show them that the coaches are really there for them, in and outside of football,” said Sapp. “They’re always going to be there. They’re going to give you an opportunity. They’re going to stay on you and coach you. They’re going to be your best friend. They’re going to be your coach and a father figure.”

Speaking on the visit itself, Sapp explained what stood out to him, noting the importance of spending time with the coaches as well as current players on the team.

“It felt great,” said Sapp. “Being around the coaches and being around the players, the players are going to shoot it to you 100-percent. They aren’t going to shoot you anything fake, because they’re not fake. They’re 100 percent real. They love each other. They have a real brotherhood. I talked to a freshman yesterday who said his first year here, he couldn’t just not be around his brothers, so that lets you know that they’re a big brotherhood school.”