Semper Fi Update: Mattrell McGraw

River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis defensive back Mattrell McGraw is down to two schools...

Three-star prospect Mattrell McGraw is used to the big game. He's from River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis and that program has won their share of championships. Now he's out in California, playing in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl.

"This is exciting," McGraw said. "I can't wait to get out to practice. I haven't played since December 12th. I want to get out there and get back to the game. Plus, I love the competition. I love to compete and this will be a good way to measure my skill set."

McGraw, 5-foot-10, 175-pounds, is a physical defensive back that can play every position in the secondary.

Most schools like me at both," McGraw said. "I will probably play nickel at first and then transition into a cornerback or safety."

Now the question is what school? McGraw has narrowed things down to UCLA and Oregon. He has visited both schools on a few occasions. McGraw made an unofficial to Oregon and then made his official visit to see the Ducks earlier this month.

"That Oregon trip was great," McGraw said. "I spent a lot of time with the staff and the players. I hung out a lot with DeAnthony Thomas and some of the other guys. I learned about their system. I saw the school and really looked at their academics. And then you have their facilities. That's some crazy stuff. It's incredible."

The Bruins remain in the hunt. In fact, McGraw has already been out to UCLA twice. And he will make a third stop soon and plan an official visit to see Jim Mora and his program sometime in January.

"I love California," McGraw said. "The draw for me was USC. Joe McKnight was from my high school so that's why I had this love for the Trojans. Now it's UCLA. They have everything I dream of in a program. UCLA has NFL coaches that can get you pro ready."

McGraw will tell you that these Pac 12 powers are running neck and neck. He will make his last official and then wait until National Signing Day to make his decision.

"The official visits will play a big part," McGraw said. "The degree is so important for me. You have to plan for life after football because you don't know if you will ever make it to the NFL. I am also looking for a stable coaching staff. They are both dead even. I have to somehow try and separate the two."

Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with and He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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