Recruiting notebook: Tugging at McGraw

Six years ago, safety Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) saw local icon Joe McKnight leave for USC in pursuit of college football glory. McGraw understood the significance then, realizing the Trojans could reel in the best prospects to its sun-drenched campus regardless of region.

Now, the fast-rising athlete is planning his own West Coast trip to gauge whether he’d like to follow in McKnight’s footsteps again.