John Curtis Christian might have the best secondary in the nation when it comes to overall depth in the defensive backfield. The Patriots have almost 30 legitimate college football prospects on the roster in grades 9-through-12, and the River Ridge, Louisiana program is especially blessed in both the offensive and defensive backfields.
Mattrell McGraw is a '14 DB who had a nice showing last year on the field, and he's taking the show to the road right now.
"It started at the Louisiana Tech camp in New Orleans on Saturday," said McGraw. "I went with ('13 LB and teammate) Eric Thomas. The coaches were impressed and invited me to their camp on July 22nd. They like my size, technique and how the receivers didn't have much of a chance against me at the camp.
"Coach (Tommy) Spangler kept asking the school where I'm from because he was impressed with my technique. I told him, 'Curtis,' and he said, 'Yeah, that's why you're so good.'"
North Texas is the next stop for McGraw after Ole Miss (where McGraw is visiting this week).
"That's in two days," he said of the road trip to Denton, Texas, that he'll take with '13 teammates Fred Beauford (LB) and Porter.
"Then we're going to UL. I know they won the New Orleans Bowl, and I'm looking forward to showing my full skill set there. They've turned things around up there. Coach (Tim) Rebowe wants me to come up and visit for their camp."
McGraw will be at Auburn on July 14th, Tulane's two-day camp in June, and the joint TCU/Northwestern State satellite camp in New Orleans later this summer.
Prep football fans who follow the national team rankings are very interested (to put it mildly) in John Curtis Christian's matchup with Plant HS of Tampa (FL) on September 7th.
Plant is the defending Class 8A state champ in Florida (ranked No. 14 in the final 2011 Scout Top 50).
"It's a pretty big game," said McGraw of the Plant/Curtis showdown, which will be part of a doubleheader (along with St. Paul's vs. Tallahassee Lincoln) at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Football Classic (venue: Superdome).
"I saw that a couple of Plant's '14 prospects already have offers," said McGraw. "They have the transfer from U-High, too ('13 WR Tristan Cooper, who moves east from Louisiana - spent his junior year at University Lab in Baton Rouge).
"I also saw where Plant's team strength is their offensive line."
McGraw and the Patriots were undefeated Class 2A state champs last year.
Curtis throttled a strong Winnfield team in the finals, 33-3.