Ex-UGA commit says football facilities contributed to flip to Alabama

Nick Saban at Alabama's indoor practice facility (Photo courtesy of al.com)

Nick Saban at Alabama’s indoor practice facility (Photo courtesy of al.com)

Rico McGraw revealed this week that Alabama’s superior football facilities were a contributing factor his recent switch from UGA to the Crimson Tide.

DB Rico McGraw (247sports)

DB Rico McGraw on UGA: “They always seem to come up short in the big game …” (247sports)

The 4-safety had been committed to UGA for six months before flipping to Alabama on July 31.

McGraw told the alabamintel.com that he was impressed with Alabama’s upgraded facilities, including the indoor practice facility (IPF). UGA is expected to present a proposal for an IPF next month.

“Every program in the country wants to win the ‘wow’ factor with recruits,” McGraw told the website. “Certainly as a recruit, Alabama’s facilities catch your eye immediately.”

A couple of other highlights:

  • Alabama was the first school to offer McGraw – as a sophomore before he even started a varsity game at Nashville’s Ensworth high school. The Alabama assistant who noticed the talent before everybody else? Jeremy Pruitt, who is now UGA’s defensive coordinator. “Georgia is a sleeping giant in the SEC,” McGraw said. “They always seem to come up short in the big game such as the SEC Championship several years ago. However, I believe Coach Pruitt will help Georgia turn it around.”
  • Former Alabama linebacker Lemanski Hall is an assistant coach at Ensworth, and serves as a mentor to McGraw. “I love Coach Hall, I have a good relationship with him,” McGraw said. “He never put any pressure on me to commit to Alabama. He was excited to hear about my commitment. He has always wanted the best for me and my family. Of course he won a national championship for Alabama (in 1992) and he has always been a role model for me.”


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