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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
OSU might rely on 'Corn' to land recruit

By Brad Bournival

The latest Ohio State offer went out to a sophomore from a school with a familiar name.

While the recruitment of cornerback Rico McGraw (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) is in its infancy, the Buckeyes might rely on a former target they recruited all the way into February this year to land their most recent target.

While Cornelius “Corn” Elder ultimately picked Miami (Fla.) -- where he can play basketball and football -- he did build a strong relationship with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Co., and that could go a long way in the recruitment of McGraw.

“They went pretty hard after Corn, so I got to see how good they are to potential [commitments]," McGraw said. "I heard nothing but good things from him.

“Hopefully that just transitions over for me and my situation. Coach Meyer has come to the school before. I’m hoping to keep building on that.”

McGraw has had no problem building offers, as Alabama, Arkansas State, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech all have offered the 6-foot, 185-pound player.

Barely 16 years old, McGraw isn’t resting on his laurels or looking at it as a way to relax heading into his junior season.

In fact, the Buckeyes offer, which he calls one of his biggest to date, has done nothing but push him to the next level.

McGraw becomes the 16th sophomore offered by Ohio State, but he is the first cornerback handed out “full-ride status” from the Buckeyes.

“That means a lot to me,” McGraw said. “Some kids in my grade might get out of control with all of this. I stay humble and just continue to work.”

McGraw helped lead the Tigers to their third straight title last season, notching 28 tackles, 13 pass breakups, two interceptions, while forcing one fumble.