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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
La. S McGraw excited for Oregon visit

By Brandon P. Oliver

After a standout performance at the Memphis NFTC over the weekend, safety Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) picked up yet another offer. The latest one came from Michigan and has to be considered important for the talented McGraw, who has expressed his desire to leave the area. The offer from the Wolverines could add to an already busy offseason full of unofficial visits for the hard-hitting athlete.

Before any potential trip to Ann Arbor, however, the 6-foot, 190-pound athlete will head west for a quick trip to Eugene, Ore., to check out a school that has definitely grabbed his attention.

"I'm actually heading out to Eugene on Thursday and coming home on Friday," McGraw said. "They have their spring game next weekend, so coach [John] Neal and I talked and decided coming out on Thursday would be best."

Despite it being such a short trip to the northwest, McGraw feels good about the fact that he'll be the only recruit on campus. The personal touch he will receive is very appealing to the Louisiana star.

"This way I'll be able to meet the coaches and players in person and see everything I want to see," McGraw said. "They said they want to give me all of their attention, so being the only one there will have plenty of benefits."

Growing up, McGraw always had his eye om the Ducks, and the idea of heading west for college is something that always appealed to him.

"I've always liked Oregon, so this will be a great opportunity to see what they are all about," McGraw said. "I've been in touch with some guys on the team and I can't wait to meet them."

McGraw, who will return to the west coast next weekend for UCLA's spring game, is excited about the opportunity to take in two of the Oregon program's biggest attractions.

"I want to check out all those uniforms and I really want to meet De'Anthony Thomas," McGraw said. "I've always looked up to him and think it would be an honor to meet a great player like him because he seems like a good dude, too."