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July 31, 2014

McGraw flips to Alabama

Rico McGraw, four-star cornerback from Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn., flipped his commitment on Thursday morning from Georgia to Alabama. His mother, Leigh Ann Clark, talked about her son's decision.

"It was a very difficult decision," said Clark. "He is a cornerback. Alabama has a really good defense. We thought it was a good fit for him. They produce really good cornerbacks.

"He has been contemplating this decision for a while. This is a family decision. Alabama is an excellent program. We felt Alabama was a better fit."

McGraw has been recruited by Alabama for more than a year. The Crimson Tide did not give up on McGraw after his commitment to Georgia.

"Rico's father and I felt great about Alabama," she said. "We support Rico to the fullest. Not taking anything away from Coach Pruitt or Georgia because we really think a lot about him, but you just have to look at the situation. Alabama was the best college for Rico.

"Alabama does a really good job of staying in touch with us. They told us they wouldn't stop recruiting Rico unless we told them to stop. We knew it was always going to be Alabama or Georgia. We told them we didn't want them to stop."

There were plenty of reasons why McGraw decided to flip to the University of Alabama.

"It's a sound program." Clark said. "They breathe football there. We really like how Coach Saban is hands-on with the defensive backs. I know he is the best in the business. I want what is best for Rico. I feel like Alabama is best for him. He may still take some visits, but this is a very sound decision."

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