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Friday, May 10, 2013
Bayou prospect takes stock of FSU offer

By Corey Dowlar

Several days ago, safety Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) was perusing Facebook when he decided to get in touch with Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

That prompted Pruitt to examine McGraw's film and, soon after, the prospect had an offer from the Seminoles. And though he has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Cal, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee, the one from FSU definitely matters.

"First of all, Florida State is a very prestigious school," McGraw said. "They are the top of their conference in the ACC. I always have heard about them. Coming up as a kid, Florida State was always pretty good. I followed them and they put a lot of defensive backs in the NFL. They are always in a bowl game, whether it is the Orange Bowl or something else.

"One thing that I really liked was when coach Bobby Bowden retired and Jimbo Fisher stepped in, there wasn't a big difference. They kept the ball rolling with winning. So I really expect Fisher to have a lot of the same success that Coach Bowden had. And I am looking for a stable coach to play under."

Pruitt has established a reputation of being personable with recruits. In just a short time, that seems to be holding true for McGraw.

"He said that he liked a lot of things about my game," McGraw said. "He talked to me a lot about the position I play and how he liked a lot about my game. Coach Pruitt is a real cool guy. I just started talking to him."

The Seminoles have already offered his ESPN 150 teammate, wide receiver Malachi Dupre. So they've been to his school since the spring evaluation period started. But they'll be back, this time after two prospects.

"They visited our school a couple weeks ago, but that was before I had an offer," McGraw said. "Coach Pruitt says he wants to come out here again soon."

He says he'll return the favor soon, with summer as a likely time frame.

"I am definitely going to take an unofficial out there, whether it is for a camp, or just a visit," he said. "I definitely want a chance to get out there and see the campus for myself."

Not too long ago, Oregon stood as the team to beat for his services. But now, McGraw has ever so slightly backed off that favoritism.

"Everybody is kind of even," he said. "The thing about Oregon is that their coaching staff is very impressive. The relationship we have is very different. I still like Oregon a lot. FSU is a pretty good school, too."