A few months ago Mattrell McGraw capped off an impressive junior season by helping John Curtis (La.) capture yet another state championship. Over the past few weeks, the 2014 defensive back prospect has witnessed more positives via his recruiting process.
This past weekend the 6-foot and 180-pound McGraw added his first SEC offer to go along with other BCS offers.
"I have offers from Mississippi State, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Hawaii, Houston and Central Florida," said McGraw, who had 65 tackles, 13 PBUs and four interceptions last year with two picks returned for touchdowns. "I thought Mississippi State was close to offering and my talks with Coach (Greg) Knox have been going good lately."
McGraw noted he was already familiar with the Bulldogs' program due to other teammates having MSU offers along with a former teammate suiting up for the Bulldogs already.
"I like the fact that (MSU freshman) Torrey Dale is already there," said McGraw. "Then (teammates) Malachi Dupree and Hunter Dale have offers from Mississippi State, too, and they are recruiting Raquon James from our team. So that offer was huge for me. I haven't come close to narrowing things down but Mississippi State is one of the top programs in the SEC. And who doesn't want to play in the SEC."
As a junior, McGraw rotated reps at both cornerback and safety. At the next level, he said schools are recruiting him for same positions.
"I am getting recruited as both a cornerback and safety," McGraw said. "Some coaches feel I am one of the top safeties in the nation even though I am not ranked yet. Then some think with my bigger body frame that I may be better at cornerback. I play both spots on defense so either way it goes in college, it won't be a dramatic change."
McGraw said he doesn't have any scheduled unofficial visits this spring but does plan on seeing college programs this summer.
"With track and our workouts, I haven't had the chance for any visits yet," said McGraw. "I plan on doing all of that this summer so I can look at these schools and compare them. With the recruiting process just taking off, I haven't had the chance to plan out all my trips. But I am looking to go to the west coast and see Arizona and Arizona State. And since Mississippi State has offered, I want to go check them out, too."
And during his future comparing of schools, McGraw noted of three factors atop of his list.
"First of all I am looking for a stable coaching staff and I don't like to see a lot of coaching changes," said McGraw. "Then I am looking for a loyal staff and a family-oriented program. Our school is run like a close family so I am used to that family feel.
"All of the other things like early playing time will take care of itself. I feel I am good enough to start early or play early so to me, that isn't a big factor. So basically, my three most important factors are a stable coaching staff, a loyal coaching staff and a family-oriented program."