Tennessee standouts talk Tide

Rico McGraw is the top junior prospect in state of Tennessee and Drew Richmond comes in at No. 3 on that same list. Each elite prospect was in Tuscaloosa over the weekend, and chimed in on their experience.

Drew Richmond has been to Tuscaloosa several times this fall, and he's been showed how much of a priority he is for Nick Saban's class of 2015 every time out.

For Rico McGraw, the top junior in the Volunteer State, Saturday's trek South was his first of the fall and first visit in general since the spring game in April, before the facilities were upgraded. Despite his lack of attendance at Bryant-Denney Stadium, the message was the same.

"It was a great trip, I went with my mom and dad," he said. "I feel pretty good about them, they showed a lot of love."

When the Scout 100 junior, ranked No. 81 overall as a four-star cornerback, says "they," he means several coaches on staff.

"I talked to Coach Saban, Nuss (Doug Nussmeier), [Lance] Thompson and pretty much the whole coaching staff," McGraw said. "They were just telling me they were glad I finally made it down again and just making sure I'm aware of how much they want me and are interested in me."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is a rare talent at cornerback, and it wasn't just the staff he spent time with. Scout's No. 11 cornerback got to see T.J. Yeldon, Chris Black and fellow defensive back Eddie Jackson while on campus.

"The game itself was the best part,hough," McGraw said. "But I'd say the staff wants me a log, I guess."

Alabama remains high on the list for the junior our of (Tenn.) Ensworth, as it does for Richmond. The Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive lineman spent time with Alabama commitment Mekhi Brown, who did a little recruiting with his fellow four-star.

"Alabama was that spot tonight," he said on Twitter. "Never would think so many people knew my name."

The highly-touted tackle wasn't just referring to fellow prospects recognizing the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder while in Tuscaloosa.

"The fans knew me," Richmond said.

This comes two weeks after his last trip to see the No. 1 team in America, where Saban let him know how much of a need he if by flat-out saying it.

"I talked to Coach Saban before the game," he said. "He told me they need tackles in a bad way."

Both Richmond and McGraw currently have no timetable for a decision.


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