McGraw adding offers

2014 defensive back Mattrell McGraw from John Curtis Christian has seen his recruitment pick up steam in a hurry. Get the latest inside...

Mattrell McGraw grabbed his first offer in late January from Hawaii with two more quickly following from Baylor and Arizona.

"I got the word Arizona was liking me from Jonathan McKnight," McGraw said. "I called Coach (Calvin) McGee and he scored points with my mom because he asked to speak with her and introduced himself.

"He's from the Algiers area in New Orleans and is a straight-forward guy. He's not going to offer 100 players to play the same position. He loved my highlight tape and showed it to the position coach, who next showed it to the DC and then they showed Coach Rodriguez."

Both McGraw and his mom were impressed with McGee.

"My mom said he seemed very sincere," McGraw stated. "I talked to him again the same night and he said not to be surprised if they offered the day after National Signing Day."

Once Rodriguez reviewed McGraw's footage, the offer was extended.

Baylor offered both McGraw and teammate Kenny Young.

"I hadn't spoken with Baylor at all directly," McGraw said, "so the offer came a little as a surprise. "Coach Carlton (Buckels) added me as a Facebook friend, told me in a message how much he liked me, and said he wanted me to speak with the DC.

"Kenny talked to Coach Carlton and found out they were offering both of us. I'm supposed to talk with the DC (Phil Bennett) on Wednesday."

What's next?

"I talked to Coach (Greg) Knox on Friday and their staff will be back in their offices on Wednesday at Mississippi State," McGraw said. "I'm going to talk with them later in the week around Friday.

"I feel like a Minnesota offer could come at any time. I have a strong relationship with Coach Jay (Sawvel). I'm trying to get in contact with Oregon because I like them."

McGraw is wide-open at the moment.

"I'm very interested in all schools," he said. "They're all on the same level right now."

McGraw can play safety or corner. He recorded three interceptions in 2012 with a pick-six for the national champion Patriots.

His 49 tackles topped the charts for the Curtis secondary, arguably the nation's best unit with Richard Allen (Tulane signee), Brandon Porter (San Diego State signee), Terrence Alexander (numerous BCS offers), Hunter Dale (multiple BCS offers), Jacolby Cooper (four picks) and Prine Lewis (junior prospect) all joining McGraw.


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