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UGA commit Rico McGraw flips to Alabama

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Roll Tide.
Roll Tide.
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Rico McGraw, a 4-star defensive back out of Nashville, TN has changed his commitment from UGA to Alabama. He had been committed to Georgia since January and thought to be pretty solid to the Dawgs.

Interestingly, former Bama and NFL linebacker Lemanski Hall is an assistant coach at McGraw's school, The Ensworth Academy. The school has been producing a few college DBs in recent years: Ensworth cornerback teammate Donovan Sheffield is heading to Vanderbilt and cornerback Corn Elder is a sophomore at Miami (FL).

McGraw plays safety and cornerback preferring the latter position. He stands 6-0/185 and had 3 interceptions and 5 pass break-ups in 2013. He took part in teh invitation-only "The Opening" camp earlier this month held on the Nike Campus in Oregon. He also attended the Bama camp back in June.

One word you will hear a lot about McGraw is "versatility".

A smooth athlete with a lot of versatility. He is well put-together physically and someone who helps in many ways on the high school level. His ball skills are elite for a defensive back and he has great awareness and range in the secondary. He simply does his job in the scheme and he plays sound football. He has very good feet and reaction quickness. Solid, not great tackler. His size and range could lead to safety. - Chad Simmons, scout.com

What really jumps out to me when watching McGraw are his instincts. He is able to key the quarterback and the receiver while in zone coverage, or freelancing, and break on the football. When he breaks on the ball, he typically is able to make a play on it, showing good hands to come away with interceptions, or delivering a blow to the receiver. - Bud Elliott SBNRecruiting


McGraw is the 21st commitment to the Crimson Tide Class of 2015 and the sixth defensive back. Note that these DBs seem to all fit into a mold of taller bigger frames:

Minkah Fitzpatrick CB 6-1/198
Deionte Thompson S 6-2/181
Shawn Burgess-Becker S 6-1/185
Ronnie Harrison S 6-3/205
Montrell Custis CB 6-0/175
Rico McGraw CB/S 6-0/185

This is a peek into the future Nick Saban/Kirby Smart defenses.

Roll Tide.