McGraw ready to narrow list

2014 defensive back Mattrell McGraw from national champion John Curtis Christian continues to collect new offers, including one from a prominent Big Ten program today. He's fielded multiple calls from college coaches since Monday and talks about that, as well as upcoming trips to Oregon and UCLA, inside with FOXSportsNEXT.com.

With nearly 35 offers in his pocket, Mattrell McGraw is eager to whittle his list over the next few months.

"I'm looking to narrow it down to a top five after spring," said McGraw, who was offered by the Michigan Wolverines today. "Coach Roy Manning had told me Michigan would probably offer, but I hadn't talked with him in a while.

"Malachi Dupre and I will visit Michigan soon. Coach Manning said they'd love to have me, and that I remind him of Eric Reid with my hitting ability."

Michigan and Ohio State, which offered last week, signed running backs from John Curtis a couple of decades ago: Chris Howard (Wolverines) and Jonathan Wells (Buckeyes).

Ohio State called McGraw yesterday, the initial day that college coaches are allowed to phone prospects.

"Urban Meyer and Everett Withers let me know how high I am on their board at Ohio State," McGraw said. "They can't wait to get me up to campus, and said they'd be down here soon. It made me feel good that they spent their one call to me on the first day, and I love the fact that I'm at the top of their board."

Three more schools have already called McGraw.

"UCLA called at 5:00 A.M.," he said with a laugh. "They have a funny crew. Arizona and Vanderbilt have called, and Mississippi State will probably call tonight."

McGraw departs Thursday for Oregon.

"I'm leaving at 6:00 A.M.," he said. "I'm looking forward to talking with the coaching staff and the players who will be my future teammates if that's where I sign, like DeAnthony Thomas and Dior Mathis."

McGraw will return out west later this month to check out the Bruins.

"We're visiting UCLA for sure," he said, "and hope to visit USC, although that's still up in the air. During the summer I want to visit Michigan, Ohio State, Arizona and Texas, and USC if we don't go this time."

Teammates Dupre and Kenny Young are expected to accompany McGraw to Los Angeles.

He was named to Chad Simmons' All-Camp Defense team following last weekend's Memphis NFTC.

"I stood out in position drills," McGraw stated. "The coaches said I had the best technique out there. I was jamming receivers at the line. On one play, I got tripped up by a receiver's legs, but recovered, got up and caught the pick.

"In the 7-on-7 I played free safety and the 'star' nickel position."

McGraw enjoyed playing alongside North Little Rock (Ark.) CB Kavin Alexander, who recorded the second-highest SPARQ rating ever.

"I give all the credit (for my success) to Coach J.T. (Curtis), Coach Jeff (Curtis), Coach Johnny (Curtis) and Coach Tommy (Fabacher)," he said.


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