McGraw makes the switch

After snagging Ronnie Harrison away from North Carolina on Tuesday, Alabama was at it again on Wednesday evening, earning the commitment of former Georgia defensive back pledge Rico McGraw. Long a target for Nick Saban and company, the Tennessean gives the Crimson Tide a half-dozen commitments in the secondary for 2015.

It’s not deja vu, it’s Nick Saban attacking the group he coaches most.

On Tuesday, Alabama flipped four-star Ronnie Harrison from North Carolina. On Wednesday evening, four-star Rico McGraw made the same switch, departing from his verbal to Georgia. He went public with the news on Thursday.

The cornerback projection, and Scout’s No. 128 overall prospect in the class of 2015, has long been coveted by Saban and company. Even after committing to Georgia in January, the Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth standout visited Tuscaloosa at least twice before announcing his new decision.

Earlier in July, while participating at Nike’s The Opening, the No. 17 cornerback in the country told Scout that Alabama and in-state Tennessee were the programs charging most.

“UT and Alabama have been coming, real hard,” he said. “At Alabama, it’s about the tradition, Coach Saban, the players they put out at the position. Alabama has a great program and they always have great defensive backs.

“Coach Saban and Coach Kevin Steele are my contacts there. In my opinion; he (Steele) is one of the best recruiters in the nation. He’s been on me for a while now…”

McGraw, at a listed 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, becomes the 21st class of 2015 commitment for Alabama, and the first from the Volunteer State.

"A smooth athlete with a lot of versatility," Scout.com's Chad Simmons says of McGraw. "He is well put-together physically and someone who helps in many ways on the high school level. His ball skills are elite for a defensive back and he has great awareness and range in the secondary."

Alabama's entire 2015 commitment list is available here. The group maintains its considerable lead in the 2015 team recruiting rankings on Scout.

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