- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Defensive back Rico McGraw is going to be just a sophomore this year, yet he already has nine scholarship offers from schools across the Southeast. However, there’s one school that already stands out in the early stages of his recruitment.
“I really like Alabama right now,” McGraw said.
The Tennessee native visited Tuscaloosa on Saturday for the Tide’s second scrimmage of fall camp. It was the third time he has been to UA this summer.
“It was a great trip,” McGraw said. “I got to meet with Coach [Nick] Saban once again and the all of the other Alabama coaches. I met a couple new players that I’ve never met, so that was good, too. I met one of my favorite players from this team, Rob Lester.”
At the scrimmage, McGraw said Lester and fellow safety Vinnie Sunseri made some key plays for the Tide. The 2015 prospect was hoping to see Chris Black, but the freshman wide receiver was out with a shoulder injury. Still, McGraw thought the team looked good.
“I really liked the scrimmage,” he said. “I can tell right now they’re going to have another great season, probably another national championship. They had a real good scrimmage, and I like to see them doing good on the field. They’re doing big things.”
McGraw earned an offer from Alabama in June after a breakout performance at the Tide’s 7-on-7 camp. He returned to Tuscaloosa in July to compete in another camp, and Saturday marked his third visit to UA this summer.
“I feel comfortable on the campus,” McGraw said. “Out of all my offers, that’s where I feel most comfortable at. I really like it there. There’s tradition. They’re putting defensive backs like myself into the league, so I really like it there.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back plans to come back for as many Alabama games as he can this fall. He’s also expected to visit Vanderbilt on Aug. 30 for the Commodores season opener against South Carolina.
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