Georgia Commitment Checks Out The Tigers

Physical defensive back Rico McGraw (Nashville, Tenn.) talks about his trip to see the Auburn Tigers.

Nashville, Tenn.--One of the top cornerback prospects and an early commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs, big Rico McGraw (6-1, 207) is the prototypical defensive back in today's defensive schemes. Able to be physical and play in the box if needed, he also has the athleticism to be a strong cover guy on the perimeter.

He's just the type of player that Auburn defensive back coaches Melvin Smith and Charlie Harbison are looking for in Ellis Johnson's scheme. With that in mind he decided to take a look at the Tigers, visiting on Thursday and Friday along with his mother.

Spending time with his recruiting coach Rhett Lashlee as well as Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, McGraw said he loved everything about the trip and wants to get another look at the Tigers in the future.

"It really met the standards I was looking for," McGraw said. "Everything is extremely convenient around there. My mom enjoyed it and I enjoyed myself. I got to meet some of the premier players and they had really good things and interesting things to show me about the campus and traditions.

"It was very important for me," he added of getting to see Auburn. "I'm at the time where I'm just trying to set aside some schools I'm really interested in. I'm committed to Georgia, but it was one of the schools I really wanted to get down and see. They showed me the things I was really interested in seeing."

One of the biggest things going for Auburn was having Harbison and Smith on campus added McGraw. Two veteran coaches that have coached together and known each other for a long time, he said you can feel the love from them both when you sit down and talk.

"I love Coach Cheese and Coach Smith," he said. "They are like brothers to each other. I know they have each other's back and the players' back. They have experience and have put players like myself from high school to college to the next level. That's something I'm really interested in.

"Just from being around you can tell Coach Malzahn is a winner just like me," McGraw added. "He's used to winning. I want to win and do the best at everything I do. The coaches made a really big impact on me."

In addition to talking with the coaching staff, the extended visit gave McGraw the opportunity to visit with players and get an inside look at what life is like at Auburn for a student-athlete. That was important for him to hear and he said they told him what he wanted to hear about the Tigers.

"The players are going to tell you the truth," McGraw said. "They want to be there and the coaches are there for them. Everybody is there for them. Every Saturday evening and Saturday night is their day. Those are things I would really like to be a part of."

Also still looking at Tennessee and Alabama in addition to Auburn, McGraw said he's still solidly committed to the Bulldogs at the moment but wants to continue to check out those schools to make sure of his decision. He plans to visit Auburn for the A-Day game on April 19.

"I am still committed to Georgia," he said. "That's my school and that's where I want to be right now. I'm going to play it by ear. I have the U.S. Army game to play. I may finalize it there or I might wait until signing day."


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