McGraw schedules Oregon official

River Ridge (La.) defensive back Mattrell McGraw

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian defensive back Mattrell McGraw has one official scheduled, but will delay it to focus on the season.

The high school football season is underway for John Curtis Christian defensive back Mattrell McGraw and he helped lead the Patriots to a 24-13 victory over Bergen Catholic (NJ), with seven tackles last Friday night. Despite the win, which extended the Patriots winning streak to 29 games, McGraw wasn't totally satisfied with his effort.

"Their coach told our coach after the game that they weren't throwing to my side of the field and that if I was going to make a play, it was going to be a tackle," McGraw said. "I had seven tackles, but there were a few other tackles I should've had."

The focus away from McGraw benefitted teammates Terrence Alexander, who had two interceptions, and Hunter Dale, who picked off a pass of his own. Still, McGraw was blunt with his assessment of the team, calling the effort a "B-minus".

"We played sloppy last game," McGraw said. "A lot of plays, a lot of missed tackles, a lot of guys not doing their assignments."

McGraw is developing into more of a vocal leader and said that he's comfortable with that role. Having been at Curtis for seven years, he knows what is expected from the players and is pushing them daily, especially as they rotate in newer players.

"I'm very confident going forward because what other people think is good enough, isn't good enough for us," McGraw said. "We determine our capability and our style of play."

The Patriots will have a chance to improve against another out-of-state opponent on Friday against St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), in a game that will be televised live on FoxSprts South.

"They have some pretty big athletes," McGraw said. "They're a very well coached program and very disciplined just like us. The difference between us and them is that their offensive scheme is kind of different. They pass and run the ball, kind of a balanced offense."

With his focus completely on the football season, McGraw has brought his recruitment to a halt, but does have an official visit scheduled.

"I won't be taking any officials during the season," McGraw said. "My Oregon official is scheduled for Dec. 13-15. My parents will be with me and it will be my first official."

Ducks secondary coach John Neal has been keeping in weekly contact, and McGraw said he expects a call from head coach Mark Helfrich sometime this week. Having already visited Oregon in the spring briefly, McGraw is excited to return again, this time with his father in tow.

"When I visited Oregon, I was only there for like a day and a half," McGraw said. "So I want to spend more time out there and let my dad get a chance to see Oregon and UCLA and Florida State."

In addition to those schools, which remain his top three, McGraw also plans on visiting Arizona, one of his earliest offers and the home of his former Patriots teammate, cornerback Jonathan McKnight.

"To be honest, they're not at the level of Oregon, UCLA or Florida State," McGraw said. "But, they have a shot just like everyone else. It's just a matter of me getting up there and seeing what they have to offer."

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