Safety Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) picked up the offer this afternoon from Ohio State and immediately conveyed how exciting it was to gain the interest of the Buckeyes and coach Urban Meyer.
“Ohio State is a very prestigious school,” McGraw said. “They’re always at the top of the Big Ten and they went undefeated last year, so that offer means a lot. When you get word like that from someone at his level, it gives you the courage to keep doing what you’re doing and stay on the right track.”
McGraw had 65 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 13 pass deflections in leading the Patriots to a 14-0 season and a Class 2A state title in 2012. Most notable were the three picks that were returned for a touchdown.
Not that McGraw is one to boast about his accomplishments.
“I’m a laid-back person with a laid-back mentality,” he said. “I’m not arrogant on the field unless you get me fired up on the field. I have a very high IQ in football. I’m a very humble kid who is blessed to have this chance.”
McGraw becomes the 14th safety to be offered by the Buckeyes, but he is only the second junior out of Louisiana to pick up such an honor.
He has planned an early summer trip to Columbus, Ohio. If everything goes as expected, Ohio State will resonate with him long after the 6-foot, 180-pound safety leaves.
“They’re definitely high on my list,” McGraw said. “They have a great program and Urban Meyer is a great coach. He’s turned things around. Hopefully when I visit this summer, I’ll be able to tell where they will be.”