McGraw, Friends Visiting UCLA

Louisiana defensive back Mattrell McGraw has enjoyed an action-packed recruitment over the past three months, with 30-plus offers. He and his elite teammates plan to visit UCLA soon...

River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis Christian defensive back Mattrell McGrawhas enjoyed an action-packed recruitment over the past three months. After picking up his first offer from Hawaii in mid-January, McGraw's stock soared through the roof with 30 more offers, including a new one from an SEC school last week.

McGraw's most recent offer came from Ole Miss.

"Their new DBs coach (Jason Jones) has been there a month," said McGraw, who visited Oxford with teammates last year. "Ole Miss has a beautiful campus. My family would be able to see me play in person because the distance isn't too far from New Orleans.

"(Ole Miss) has a good feel to it. They are definitely in the game, in the thick of things with me. The main thing they liked about my highlight tape is my explosiveness. They said not many players are as fundamentally sound or have as high a football IQ."

"The Ole Miss coaches wanted me to come to their invite-only junior day this weekend," McGraw added, "but we have prom and then next week is the Memphis Nike Football Training Camp.

"Soon after that, I plan to visit Ole Miss. I'm going to Oregon on April 18th and 19th, and then I'm going to LSU to talk with Coach Frank (Wilson). I'll camp with LSU and Alabama. I'm visiting USC and UCLAon the 24th through 27th (of April)."

Going with him on the trip out west are high school teammates Malachi Dupre, the #15-ranked wide receiver in the nation, and the #42-ranked linebacker Kenny Young. All three have been getting recruited aggressively by UCLA and have UCLA offers. McGraw mentioned his particularly close relationship with UCLA head coach Jim Mora.

While out west, McGraw also hopes to squeeze in a visit to Arizona.

Led by a suffocating defense headed up by McGraw, Young and CB Terrence Alexander, John Curtis hasn't lost a game in three years.

The Patriots will be sternly tested this year by a schedule that includes out-of-state opponents St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) and Bergen Catholic (NJ), as well as local powers Edna Karr and St. Augustine.

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