While it wasn't his first time on campus, Rico McGraw called his weekend trip to Tuscaloosa a "10."
"I'll give it a 10 all the way, it was another great visit," he said after watching Saturday's Alabama performance. "It went really well, I think their defense really impressed me. "
"The tradition at Alabama, the fans and the good atmosphere around it all did too."
The class of 2015 defensive back prospect from Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth already sports several scholarship offers, including one from the Crimson Tide. McGraw, who may project best at safety because of his anticipated growth from an already above-average 6-foot, 190-pound frame, had an eye on Bama's secondary on the night.
Throughout Saturday, McGraw was able to take in the event with fellow prospects, though most were a part of the class of 2013 or 2014. Several players also anticipated the sophomore's attendance.
"It was cool to interact with some of the players and recruits; they were interested to see me," he admitted. "A lot of them asked the question on what it is like to be in my situation right now. Some of them were amazed."
While his youth creates a unique situation among the athletes, it makes one of Tennessee's top young prospects want to work that much harder.
"It means a lot to me," he said of the recognition. "It means I'm on the radar. Some of the upperclassmen are looking up to me right now, so I just have to set an example and go out there and go hard every play."
McGraw's peers wasn't the only group of people ready to see him in T-Town. Members of the Alabama coaching staff made it a point to let him know what his status is, even though a verbal offer is already on the table.
"I talk to coach [Lance] Thompson a lot, I ran into him before the game," he said. "I also met with the position coaches. They are just keeping up with me, breaking down my film and letting me know they hope I have a great season."
Ensworth is doing just that, rolling through opponents on the way to rising in the national rankings. FOX Sports NEXT ranks the squad 39th in America.
"As a team, we're doing really well," said McGraw. "Individually, being in my first varsity season – I think I'm doing pretty well."
Speed is something the prospect exhibits, but it's also been what he's had to adjust to the most this fall.
"Really the just the pace of the varsity level, we're playing in one of the bigger leagues here in Tennessee," he said of the toughest adjustment. "So the pace of play here and the quality of players I've played against so far."
Going forward, McGraw has no additional visits planned even though he has much to learn about some of the other programs in the mix besides Alabama.
"I have pretty much seen everything they have to offer, I've been there multiple times," he said – maintaining no leaders. "It's an equal race. Of course, Alabama is showing me the most interest, but I'm hoping other schools to come in with offers."