McGraw previews his Oregon official visit

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian defensive back Mattrell McGraw hosted Oregon on Tuesday night just days before his official visit. How did everything go?

The recruiting season is heating up, and Oregon, Ohio State, Florida State and UCLA all remain in the running for John Curtis Christian defensive back Mattrell McGraw.

One of the most talented uncommitted defensive backs left in the country, the three-star athlete said that there are two clear frontrunners among the four with two months left before Signing Day.

"Right now it's really just Oregon and UCLA," McGraw said.

Oregon secondary coach John Neal made an in-home visit on Tuesday evening and McGraw said the visit was important to get questions answered for those who have been instrumental in his recruitment, his parents and grandmother. In fact, Oregon was the only school to come by this week and he said that he wouldn't be hosting other schools until next month, as of now.

"It was very encouraging," McGraw said of the visit. "Coach Neal is a straightforward guy and he never tells you something that he doesn't believe. He never promises anything. He always tells you, you have a chance and if you come and bust your butt then the sky is the limit. That's one of the things I most admire about (him)."

The veteran coach was indeed straightforward about McGraw's potential after watching him practice. Although Neal complimented him on his length, footwork and the smooth style in which he plays, he made it clear that McGraw can still grow as a player.

"I go to a school that has great coaching," McGraw said. "He said that I haven't even reached my full potential. His idea is when I get there to make me reach my full potential. He came to my practice and watched and said that by watching me, he felt I could come out there and compete right away and that I can make an impact on the team right away. The main important thing is just me learning the system.

"That's one of the main things I would have to do if I come there is learn the system as soon as possible so that won't hinder me. He told me there is no rush with things. If I come in and adapt to the system and I'm making an impact, then fine I'll play. If not, and it gets to a point where I can't play at all because I don't know what's going on, then they'll redshirt me. But, he said he doesn't really see that happening with me because I know the game and I'm a very smart player."

McGraw will arrive in Eugene for his official visit on Dec. 13. Having already visited unofficially, McGraw hopes to get a chance to experience something he couldn't see the first time around: practice.

"I haven't watched a practice since I started being recruited by Oregon," McGraw said. "The first time I went up there, I didn't get a chance to watch because spring practice hadn't happened yet. The second time I went up there for The Opening, I didn't get a chance to go up there and just look at Oregon. I just want to get up on campus again and get a chance to watch some practice."

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