McGraw Has a Top Two

The standout Louisiana defensive back prospect, Mattrell McGraw, named a top two, plus one other program that is right behind them. He discusses those three programs and two more that could get an official visit...

As reported recently by's Robby Boydstun, Mattrell McGraw will take his official visit to Oregon in mid-December.

"I'm visiting Oregon December 13-through-15," said McGraw, the standout defensive back from River Ridge (Lousiana) John Curtis Christian who made a quick stop in Eugene during the summer. "I only got a day-and-a-half the first time I visited. My mom and dad both have a say-so in the recruiting process, and my dad is going this time.

"They back me 100 percent. I want my dad to see Oregon and I want to spend more time out there. Last time, they showed me around and I saw the academic side of things briefly, but we only had a half-day before we had to leave and catch a plane out of Portland."

McGraw is excited about spending extended time on the Oregon campus.

"I'm going to break down their system and how I'll fit in," he said. "It's no surprise that things are going smoothly with their new coach because he's been there 20 years."

UCLA joins the Ducks as McGraw's top two.

"I'm definitely visiting UCLA," he said. "That's my top two: UCLA and Oregon. I'm going to visit Florida State and possibly Arizona, too. I'm hoping for interest from Texas A&M.

"If A&M shows interest I'll definitely take a visit there. My fifth (visit) is wide-open. Jonathan McKnight, who plays for Arizona, is a real close friend. He wants me to come take an official."

McGraw talked more about the Aggies and Bruins.

"I know their spots are filled right now," he said of the Aggies. "With so many DB commits they're not handing out many new offers; I'm going to have my coach get in contact with them to see where things stand.

"UCLA is a great program. I'm not shocked the way they beat Nebraska. Jim Mora is a great coach. They grind everything out under him and are real serious. I know the players say they're blessed to have him, and the seniors wish they had more time to spend with him as coach. L.A. is UCLA's town now that USC has gone down."

McGraw cited the prestige of Florida State as an attraction, in addition to his relationship with coaches Randy Sanders and Jeremy Pruitt.

Curtis is 1-1 on the year after losing for the first time in three years Friday.

"We killed ourselves," McGraw said of the setback at the hands of nationally-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida. "Not to take anything away from St. Thomas Aquinas, though. They have good players and their defensive line is real big. We had three or four turnovers and some stupid penalties."

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