John Curtis Christian junior DB Mattrell McGraw visited the University of Alabama over the weekend, and the three-star safety (with 25-plus offers) liked what he heard from head coach Nick Saban. Get the details on McGraw and much more inside...
Mattrell McGraw has always refrained from naming any frontrunners, favorites or standouts in regard to his recruitment, but it's been clear for awhile that McGraw is fond of Oregon, which offered March 4th. The Ducks appear to have company in the race to get McGraw after he visited Alabama Saturday and pocketed what he described as a "soft offer" from Nick Saban, who wants his staff to further evaluate McGraw at cornerback during the spring. McGraw is mostly-known as a safety for the Patriots. However, Saban sees him as a pure corner. It's expected that McGraw will pass Saban's "CB test" with flying colors. He's a smart, smooth and savvy operator in the secondary. On a side note, McGraw instantly bonded with Nick Ruffin, a four-star CB from Atlanta St. Pius X, during the visit and it's conceivable that the two may suit up together for the Crimson Tide's in future years.
2017 U-High RB Dylan Moses, who also plays defense (LB/DB), watched LSU's Saturday afternoon practice. The 6-2, 220-pounder and his dad, Edward, are hoping Dylan can become a gigantic corner (or safety in college. When interviewed Saturday evening, Moses acknowledged the distinct possibility that he's destined to grow into a "6-6 or 6-8" defensive end. Dylan was the good-natured recipient of ribbing from Tigers Odell Beckham and Lael Collins, who teased the eighth-grader about his second offer (from Alabama). "They think I'm going to Bama," Dylan laughed.
Ouachita 2014 four-star wide-out Cameron Sims has added approximately 20 pounds to his 6-4 frame. The increase appears to be "good weight" for Sims, who completed basketball season this month. The No. 1 Lions were 5A runner-up to No. 2 Scotlandville, the defending state champ. Sims dropped 24 points on Scotlandville despite sitting out several minutes due to foul trouble. Alabama maintains an advantage with Sims, who nevertheless could be intrigued by last week's offer from USC. He's expected to visit Georgia later this month and is considering a mid-April trip to Oklahoma State.
2015 OL Garrett Thomas out of Many reported a Michigan offer Friday after veteran Wolverines recruiter and RBs coach Fred Jackson, a Louisiana product himself, phoned Many head coach Jess Curtis to talk about the 6-6, 295-pound sophomore right tackle. According to Curtis, Jackson put the offer on the table with the sole caveat that head coach Brady Hoke would speak with Thomas to "make it official." Five days later it's unclear if Hoke has spoken with Thomas to cement the offer. The big sophomore visited LSU over the weekend and will be at Auburn March 30th. It's possible Thomas will make an appearance in Lafayette this weekend. He's been invited to the Cajuns' junior day.
Looking for a new sleeper name at the running back position? Do your due diligence on East Jefferson junior Ronald Green, who mans the fullback spot for the option-happy Warriors. The 6-0, 205-pounder runs hard, but he's projected to move to RB on the next level. Green racked up 1,200 yards last year, even though he missed two games due to an ankle sprain. He also scored 20 TDs, including five vs. Ellender Memorial. Green will attend Southern Miss junior day Saturday. In an interview last week, Green said the Ragin' Cajuns were his first choice for a March 23rd junior day. Nevertheless, he'll trek to Hattiesburg because "all of (his) teammates are going to Southern Miss."
Miami-area program St. Thomas Aquinas announced it will challenge the nation's top-ranked 2012 team, John Curtis Christian, in week two at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 7A Raiders are no strangers to national titles. Curtis' tentative slate also features Bergen Catholic out of New Jersey (USC, NFL LB Brian Cushing is an alum), and local opponents Karr and St. Augustine. Karr was nationally-ranked in 2012; St. Augustine boasts the No. 1 2014 prospect, running back Leonard Fournette.
Fournette and St. Aug teammate Jermaine Roberts (2014 DB) visited Alabama late last week. The Crimson Tide is in good (albeit early) position to sign two of New Orleans' finest DBs in McGraw and Roberts -- neither of whom hold an LSU offer. There's a surplus of top-notch 2014 defensive backs in both Louisiana and Texas, and LSU is being very selective with new offers in the secondary.
Add West Feliciana brothers Jazz Ferguson and Jay Ferguson to the list of Louisiana prospects that made an appearance in Tuscaloosa over the weekend. Although Jazz (6-5, 215-pound sophomore WR) and Jay (6-5, 245-pound junior DE) departed without new Bama offers, the duo were impressed with what they saw from the Crimson Tide. Coach Saban did, in fact, discuss potential offers with the Ferguson's and it would be a surprise if the Tide doesn't eventually offer Jazz, who could wind up as the top-ranked in-state player in his class. Louisiana Tech, UCF, Memphis and Grambling State have offered both brothers.
Hawaii commit Daniel Lewis (NISH) got offer No. 2 from Tulane. The junior DB hopes to add a third from the Cajuns this weekend.
St. Paul's 2014 WR Marcus Gaines, a 5-foot-6 dynamo with sub-4.4 speed, said during a weekend interview that Southeastern Louisiana offered last fall.
There will be a massive array of talent on hand at the NUC 5-Star Showcase Sunday afternoon at Zachary HS. The aforementioned Lewis, Gaines, Moses and Green are expected to join four-star LSU commit Jacory Washington (Westlake), feisty undersized Lutcher CB Daishone Harrison, Catholic-New Iberia's duo of WR Gabe Fuselier and QB Jason Pellerin, and East Ascension's "big three" of Sione Palelei, DeAndre Darville and Devin Simoneaux.
If you haven't heard or seen Kendall Ardoin's name mentioned, don't worry - because you will soon. The 6-5, 210-pound 2014 TE from Ville Platte visited LSU and Louisiana Tech for junior day festivities, and he'll be in Lafayette for the Cajuns' event Saturday. Ardoin's credentials include a 3.8 GPA and 23 ACT.
Two more in-state 2014s -- South Lafourche OL Bailey Granier and Palelei, a RB at East Ascension -- were assigned three-star rankings by the FOXSportsNEXT.com recruiting team.
LSU LB signee Duke Riley (John Curtis Christian) didn't accompany the Patriots' track and field team to the TSU Relays in Houston this past weekend, but he wasn't idle, taking first in the discus and 110-hurdles at West Jeff.