The Ensworth School – Nashville, Tenn.
No. 117 overall player in the country
No. 16 CB in the country
No. 4 overall player in Tennessee
The best cornerback in Tennessee decided to go outside his home state for college.
Come National Signing Day four-star cornerback Rico McGraw announced he was going to be a Bulldog.
McGraw, a six-foot, 197-pound prospect out of Nashville, TN, was one of the first players to receive a scholarship offer from Jeremy Pruitt upon his arrival in Athens early in 2014. The two had known each other from Pruitt’s time on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama - a school where McGraw had camped earlier in his football career.
The four-star defensive back was a Georgia commit, then flipped to Alabama, and then de-committed from the Tide. He and his mother visited Georgia one weekend in late-January, and Georgia closed the deal on National Signing Day.
Scout has McGraw ranked as its no. 117 overall player in the country, its 16th-ranked cornerback in the country and the fifth-ranked cornerback in the south. The Ensworth High cornerback chose Georgia over schools like Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Ohio State and more.
HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 117 overall player in the nation, No. 17 CB in the country, No. 6 CB in the South and No. 4 overall player in Tennessee… PrepStar four-star prospect, No. 181 ranked overall player in the country on its Top 300 All-America Team… 2014 U.S. Army All-American… 2013 and 2014 Tennessean first-team All-Midstate selection… Named to Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Division II-AA All-State Team
SCOUTING: A smooth athlete with a lot of versatility, McGraw 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. He simply does his job in the scheme and he plays sound football. He has very good feet and reaction quickness. Solid, not great tackler. His size and range could lead to safety. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Is McGraw a cornerback or safety in the SEC?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Getting Rico McGraw to come into this class was pivotal. It was also one of two times this recruiting season when Georgia stuck its thumb in Alabama’s eye. On the field, McGraw is one of the top defensive back prospects in the South. Georgia needed to fill its class with defensive backs, and it got a very good one in McGraw.