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Sunday, June 30, 2013
ESPN 300 DB McGraw names top 3

By Tom VanHaaren

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Defensive back Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) has plenty of options for his school of choice, but the ESPN 300 prospect has narrowed his list to three.

UCLA, Oregon and Florida State comprise his final list and might have only a short amount of time to sway McGraw to their team.

"I'm taking a visit to Florida State on July 27 with my family," he said. "After that I have to see what my coach thinks about it, and if one school leads then, I'll probably commit on August 26."

McGraw only recently narrowed down the list but has good reason for coming to this decision.

Oregon: "I like them for the simple fact that I'm really close with their coaching staff. They put a lot of defensive backs in the league. A lot of people say it's far from Louisiana, but when I went there I felt like I was at home. They have a stable coaching staff, too, and that will play a big factor."

UCLA: "USC was kind of like my dream school when I was small, because Joe McKnight went to our school. I always wanted to play college football in California if I got the chance, too. UCLA was the first to offer me from that side, and I visited there and liked it. They have an NFL based coach staff, and it's L.A. What's not to like about it?"

Florida State: "They have another good coaching staff. They kind of started recruiting me late, so it's going to be kind of a shock to some people that they're on this list before I visit. They're known for putting top defensive backs in the league, and I think the greatest defensive back was Deion Sanders. Florida State is a great school, and it's not too far from home."