Matrell McGraw Discusses Offers And Oregon

John Curtis Christian DB Mattrell McGraw

Mattrell McGraw has had plenty of success on the football field, winning state championships and a national title with John Curtis Christian. The 2014 defensive back has racked up plenty of offers so far and on Friday, discussed his style and how he sees his recruitment process progressing.

At 6-foot, 180 pounds, McGraw has several attributes in his game that have had schools trying to get his attention. With offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii, Nebraska, Baylor, Houston and UCF, the River Ridge (La.) athlete says he can adapt his style of play based on whatever system he is running.

"I have long arms," McGraw said. "I like to get into the receivers face. I'm very physical and I like attacking running backs, no matter how big they are. I can adapt to all styles of play."

Though he comes off as physical, one of the aspects of McGraw's game that people tend to overlook, according to him, is his speed, which he attributes to the style in which he runs.

"With me, when I catch picks, you can see that I'm moving fast but you see the stride," McGraw said. "So what you mainly see is the separation. It's one of the most underrated parts of my game."

McGraw described his overall game as very controlled.

Everyone has that aggressive nature and I can get aggressive when needed, but a lot of times I'm laid back when I'm playing the game because I play football with my natural instincts," McGraw said. "I don't try to think too much. I just try to relax and smoothly let the fundamentals of the game and my athletic ability take over. I'm not really wild and try to force things."

McGraw has always had a dream to play in the NFL, ever since he started tossing around the pigskin. And though offers were slow to come in at first, he said that it didn't bother him too much and he kept working harder to get noticed. Once he received his first offer from Hawaii, it was, as he described, a monkey off his back.

"My ultimate goal as a kid was to play some big time Division-I football and get to college so my mom didn't have to pay for it."

One school McGraw wants to visit that hasn't offered him yet is Oregon.

"I would love if Oregon would offer but that's why I'm going to talk to (Coach John Neal) so that I can take a visit out there this summer and get a chance to see what it's like," McGraw said. "So far the only thing I know about Oregon is that they produce some of the best running backs in college, they have a very exciting offense in the Pac-12, and that their uniforms are amazing. One of my favorite players went to Oregon, Cliff Harris, and I looked up to him a lot."

McGraw is planning a busy summer filled with unofficial visits to prospective schools. So far he said he will visit Arizona and Arizona State, Baylor, and may camp at Oklahoma State in early June. He said he wants to take all of his visits and has a process for setting up his future officials.

"I'm going to try to visit three-to-five schools this summer and those three schools that I'm really intrigued with, I'll make my officials there and then add two more schools that have added recent interest late in the season."

As far as camps go, McGraw will be attending the Rivals Camp Series in Houston on March 16, but he hasn't committed to attending any other camps as of now. McGraw has his eyes on repeating as a national champion and wants to focus on spring football.

As far as choosing a favorite school, McGraw said there isn't one.

"Everyone is on an equal level right now," McGraw said. "No one is leading the pack."

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