McGraw ready to end recruitment process

River Ridge (La.) defensive back Mattrell McGraw is ready to end his recruitment. Where does he stand with a week to go before National Signing Day?

Generally, the last week before National Signing Day is the most hectic week for several uncommitted prospects. You can count River Ridge (La.) defensive back Mattrell McGraw among those that can relate to that experience.

"I might get like five calls from coaches a day, constant messages from all the coaches on staff," McGraw said. "It's getting even more crazy, but I'm going to be happy to have it over with."

In an attempt to quiet things down and limit the amount of daily calls, he recently attempted to throw coaches off his trail by tweeting out that he knew which school he wanted to attend.

Right now, McGraw is trying to keep things low key and live by the mantra instilled in him by his family: stay humble.

He said he already has an idea of where he's going to go between his two finalists, Oregon and Texas A&M. Although he will announce publicly on National Signing Day, he told eDuck on Wednesday that he'll pick his school on Saturday and keep it to himself for four days.

"I have an idea, a little bit," McGraw said. "Saturday, I'll make my mind up completely. I know it's probably going to shock some people, it may not shock some people, I don't know."

The pressure of keeping that decision private is not lost on the three-star athlete.

"You can't run from pressure, you basically have to seize the moment and reverse the pressure around," McGraw said. "I'm confident about making my decision on Saturday."

On Wednesday afternoon, McGraw hosted members of the Texas A&M coaching staff including head coach Kevin Sumlin. The meeting, which was the last he will have with any school, seemed productive as he tweeted out: "Great In Home Visit With Coach Sumlin and the A&M Staff!!!"

This comes on the heels of an in-home visit with Oregon earlier this week. McGraw counted six coaches, including head coach Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Don Pellum and the man who has been recruiting him, secondary coach John Neal.

According to McGraw, the coaches talked about having a plan in place for him if he attends Oregon, which includes starting practice in a dime or nickelback position.

At the end of the meeting, Helfrich made it crystal clear that McGraw is a top priority and that they want him as a Duck.

"He asked me where my head is and said when I make my decision, if it's to come to Oregon, they'll be waiting by that fax machine for the papers with Phil Knight," McGraw said. "If it's not, they wish me the best of luck with my career and wherever I proceed to play college football at."


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