Receiver Waiting On the Tigers

This prospect has one more official recruiting visit planned.

Blountstown, Fla.--Usually it's the coaches who are stuck waiting for recruits to make up their minds during this time of the year. But for speedy receiver Ishmeal Grant of Blountstown, Fla., High School, he's the one playing the waiting game.

"I'll know by Wednesday," Grant says of his possible offer to play football at Auburn. "There's a scholarship opening and there are three receivers and they just need one. If they offer I think I'll take it."

Auburn is also recruiting receivers Richard Goodman of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Frantz Hardy of Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan.

Grant was in Auburn this weekend on an official visit.

"It was great," Grant says. "I got to see the campus, the facilities and the field and everything. I got to see all the coaches. Courtney Taylor was my player host and we got along great. I wouldn't mind playing with him. He showed me around town, I got to meet a couple of other players and we just hung out."

Grant adds that the best parts of his visits were, "Getting to mingle and talk with the players and the coaches, and seeing the big field (Jordan-Hare Stadium)."

Playing in the lowest classification level in Florida, most of Grant's offers have come from lower-profile schools. "I've already visited USF (South Florida) and Troy State and I'm going to Southern Miss this weekend," he says.

His offers so far certainly don't resemble the speed or big-play capability he had in high school. As a junior in a running offense Grant had 18 receptions for 638 yards, a 35.4-yard average. On special teams he returned six kickoffs and two punts for a touchdown.

As a senior he had 24 catches for 626 yards and 11 scores and five kickoff touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns.

"I'm a go-to guy and I can make the big plays when they need it," Grant says. "My senior year we went all to the state championship game and we just couldn't pull it off. We lost by four points. We did good."

While he's not playing football Grant stays in good condition running track, where he also excels.

"I'm staying in shape in the weight room and running track," he says. "I run the 100 (meters) and 200 (meters). The fastest time I've gotten in the 100 was a 10.6 and the 200 was a 22.3. I got hurt in the semi-finals last year and I didn't get to qualify for state. I could have won. I'm going to try again this year. I think I can win this year."


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