Speedy Mississippi Tailback A Prospect To Watch

This Magnolia State speedster, who racked up a ton of yardage last season for a state championship team, is looking at the Tigers and others.

Lumberton, Miss.--Although he played both offense and defense for 2A state champion Lumberton High, Terry Grant is receiving plenty of interest as running back prospect from colleges across the South.

The 5-9, 185-pound tailback, who has clocked 40 times at SEC camps reported to be under 4.4 and recently was clocked at a reported 4.4 on an indoor surface at an Alabama camp, rushed for more than 2,600 yards and 30 TDs as a junior and helped lead his team to a 14-1 record.

Along with his work at tailback, Grant says that he also starts at outside linebacker because his team needs him there, although, he admits that it can wear him down somewhat at times. "A little bit, but we stay in good condition over there and it doesn't bother me as much because we have some backups that can come in every now and then," Grant explains about having to play almost every down.

Terry Grant

The talented rusher, who says that speed is the best part of his game, adds that he has some other attributes that help him to be successful. "I have good vision and I can run through you at the same time so that combination makes me a powerful back."

Working out of an I formation on offense, Grant says that he has gotten the chance to do a bit of pass catching as well. "We threw a couple of passes out of the backfield, but not many, but we are only a 2A school and we are just trying to get the ball to everybody."

His natural speed, pass catching ability, endurance on the field along with testing well at a number of college camps has garnered Grant a number of college offers heading into his senior season.

"I am mostly being recruited as a running back," he says. "I have got 10 offers already. Some of them are Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Ole Miss.

"I am wide open right now," he continues about his college choices. "I haven't made up my mind at all right now, it is a big decision."

Despite being recruited by a number of big-time football programs, Grant says he has one more important thing on his mind about his college career. "The main thing is a good education," he notes. "I just want to get my education and football is the second thing in my life."

He says that right now he is thinking about majoring in accounting oncce he gets to college because he loves math and business, but explains with a laugh that he could change his mind three or four times before then.

Along with his talent on the gridiron, Grant is also a standout on the track team at Lumberton, and he played baseball his first two years of high school. On the track he runs the 100, 400, 4x200 relay and the 4x100 relay. He also notes that one his best 100 times is a 10.5.

Recently, Grant got to spend a day at Auburn's Senior Football Camp, but the speedy back still says he does not know a whole lot about the Tigers or Auburn University.

"I really don't know too much about the school except for what Coach (Don) Dunn has told me," he explains. "Part of the history that I like about Auburn is the two running backs that just left, Ronnie (Brown) and Carnell (Williams). They were two of my favorites last year and I know they are going to run the ball here and pass out of the backfield."

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