Class of 2013 recruit Colby Grant likes Terps

Class of 2013 recruit Colby Grant likes Terps

2013 Susquehanna Township's Colby Grant likes the Terps.

Colby Grant may not have any offers at the moment, but he doesn't expect that to remain true for long.

Grant, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound running back, has certainly helped his offer sheet with his on the field performance this season. The senior currently had about 1,200 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns heading into Susquehanna Township's (Harrisburg, PA) final regular season game on Nov. 2.

Grant's summer workouts seem to have paid off; he said every day this past summer he and some other teammates lifted. Grant also worked on other parts of his game as well, like getting out of his cuts faster and protecting the quarterback.

Grant might not be protecting quarterbacks for much longer though. Grant said most colleges he's talked to say his best chance of getting on the field in college would be as a slot receiver, and he's ok with that.

“Honestly I take the slot because I like to use the field to my advantage,” Grant said.

He also mentioned deputizing for colleges as a kick and punt returner.

In Grant's ideal world colleges would use him in a similar way to how Oregon deploys De'Anthony Thomas.

“I like how they use him,” Grant said. “I hope colleges use me like they use them. Sometimes they line him up in the slot and then use him in the backfield.”

Thomas also happens to the player who Grant models his game after due in part to their physical similarities.

“I just like how he's like small, he's very fast, and he makes the right decisions,” Grant said.

Grant is also searching for a college where he has a connection with the coaches.

“I got to have a strong bond with the coaches,” Grant said. “I'm not going to a team where I know some of the coaches, but I don't know all of the coaches.”

Grant also says wants to have fun with his college coaches, but he wants to go somewhere where the coaching staff pushes him to improve.

Academics are important to Grant as well.

“When I go to college I want to get the best education that I can, and have the best resources that I can to fulfill my achievements academically,” Grant said.

Grant seems to have connected with at least one member of the Maryland coaching staff, John Dunn, the tight end coach and recruiting coordinator.

“I'm really cool with him,” Grant said. “I've been cool with him since I was a sophomore.”

Dunn isn't the only Terrapin coach Grant likes.

“[The coaches] all seem fair, straight up to you. I like that about them.”

Grant's interest in Maryland doesn't stop with the coaching staff though.

“I like they way they play,” Grant said. “I had a couple visits there. I also had team camp there. I got to see more coaches and meet more players and stuff. And the coaches also get to see me in action, so that was pretty good.”

Grant came to College Park for the West Virginia-Maryland game last year and attended Maryland's home game this season against Connecticut as well.

The Terrapins aren't the only school Grant is considering though. After his season ends, he plans to visit Towson, Pennsylvania State, Ohio State, and WVU.

Three of those teams are in Grant's list of top five colleges: Towson, Penn State, and WVU. The other two are Rutgers and Maryland.

Just don't expect Grant's decision to follow any type of timetable or schedule.

“I'll commit when my heart or gut tells me to.”

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