The Opening: McGraw Talks Top Three

The Louisiana defensive Mattrell McGraw discusses his first day at The Opening, his top three schools, and his commitment status...

Beaverton, Ore. - On the first day of The Opening out at the Nike Campus, John Curtis Christian cornerback Mattrell McGraw put in a solid performance during the SPARQ preliminary testing.

"I did good in my position drills, I did good in 1-on-1s, I did good for my SPARQ," McGraw said. "I clocked in at a 4.48 (40-yard dash) and my vertical was 37.3 (inches), I think. Overall I did good, but I felt I could've done better. I didn't train for my 40, it was the first time I had run it. So today overall was a success."

Despite the solid performance, McGraw mentioned that he got beat on one play during 1-on-1's on what he called a "perfect pass". It was a learning experience for McGraw, who said that he doesn't always see that caliber of quarterback in Louisiana.

"I think that the west coast, Pac-12, has great quarterbacks," McGraw said. "You don't always get those perfect throws in high school because sometimes you play teams with horrible quarterbacks. Being out here was great, going against these great quarterbacks and receivers."

McGraw called his experience thus far "humbling", and is looking to enjoy as much of the camp as he can. He has been getting to formally meet other top cornerbacks at the camp, including California prospects Iman Marshall and Adoree' Jackson.

"It's cool because I know there are a lot of kids that wish they could do this," McGraw said. "A lot of times you see guys on the internet, computer, phone and stuff like that, but to actually be out here with them and communicate with them, it's fun."

McGraw announced his top three yesterday, and provided an update on his next visit and possible commitment.

"My top three is Oregon, UCLA and Florida State," McGraw said. "Those three schools have really been in contact with me the most. I'll be visiting Florida State on July 27, and I could possibly make my commitment on Aug. 26."

McGraw mentioned that he will only commit in August if one team stands out completely above the rest. If not, he said that he will take officials to those three schools and wait until around signing day.

Of those top three schools, McGraw mentioned that Oregon secondary coach John Neal has been in frequent contact with him and the two are continuing to build upon a strong bond.

"The relationship that we are really building is just knowing that he could possibly be my coach next year," McGraw said. "He wanted me to know that I have a for sure spot at Oregon if I want to come, no matter what the time is."

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For now, there are only three schools in the running for Mattrell McGraw, he said at The Opening, but that may not his final group.

"Florida State, UCLA, and Oregon are kind of my final three schools, but there is still one offer out there that could change that," McGraw said.'s complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
"I am going to camp at LSU in July and if they offer me, then I will move them into my top three. They would probably move ahead of FSU if they offer me."

For now, though, the safety out of River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis Christian is looking at three schools.

He likes what each has to offer.

"I really the tradition at FSU and their history there. They also put a lot of guys in the NFL. I will be down there in July to visit.

"Out west, at UCLA, I love the players and the coaches - I really could fit in well there. I love the big city and I like the combination of football and academics. Oregon has a great environment and it feels like family there for me. They have a great staff and Oregon was kind of my dream school too."

With visits to Oregon and UCLA behind him, the camp at LSU, the visit to FSU could be big for McGraw because he could be closing in on a decision.

"I am pretty sure I will be committing before the season starts," he said. "I will probably make my decision late in August. I have seen a lot, I will see FSU soon, and I will know where I stand with LSU then, so I will be ready."

McGraw is the No. 30 safety in the country on Scout.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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