Five-Star CB Talks Cal

Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent St. Mary CB Doran Grant arrived in Berkeley on Thursday as part of the Raw Talent Sports Tour. Unbeknown to him it was a padded camp. Nonetheless, he and his teammates competed in the 7on7 on Friday night and went unbeaten. Check inside for his thoughts on Cal, Raw Talent, and his timeline for narrowing his list of schools…

Doran Grant (5-10, 180) is the nation's No. 2 rated cornerback in the nation, according to In the last few weeks, he has visited and camped at numerous top college programs as part of the Raw Talent Sports Tour. Last Thursday and Friday, he was in Berkeley to visit California.

"We arrived on Thursday, but we didn't know it was a padded camp so we just toured the campus ourselves," said Grant. "The campus is great. I like what were doing with the facilities. I plan to come out for another visit, possibly for an official visit."

It's his first trip to the West Coast that will concluded Los Angeles with stops at USC on Sunday and UCLA on Monday. "It's my first time out here, [the weather] is a little cooler than I expected."

Grant, who claims 27 offers, originally announced a top seven, now the five-star prospect says every school is even. Some of the other schools that he says have offered are Oklahoma, Arizona, Boston College, Michigan State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Akron, Iowa, Indiana, and Illinois among others.

"Everyone is probably the same," Grant said about his interest in Cal. "I'll have a top five or six by the end of the tour. I want to go to a place where is best for me, where I can compete, and has good academics."

He noted Cal's academics are a big factor, and he wants to play in a good athletic atmosphere. He says distance isn't an issue, but probably the biggest factor for him is playing time. "I'd also like to play as a true freshman," added Grant. "And I want to play at defensive back and not just special teams.

"I did some drills with [Cal DB] Coach [Al] Simmons. He said I was a stud and I have an opportunity to play as a true if I work hard."

While he wasn't prepared for Cal's padded camp, Grant was able to take part in the 7on7 portion of the camp on Friday night. "We went 3-0," he said.

Also on Friday, he says he hung out with some of the other top prospects visiting. "I talked with Shaq [Thompson] and a cornerback out of North Carolina (Jeremy Reynolds)," said Grant.

The Raw Talent Sports Tour will conclude in Ann Arbor for the Michigan 7on7 after the West Coast swing. This is Grant's third year on the tour, and he credits Raw Talent founder Mark Harris for much of his success.

"It's been good, Mark Harris does it a great job of training his clients," said Grant. "I wouldn't be where I am today without [Raw Talent]." Academically, Grant reports a 2.8 core GPA. He scored a 17 on his ACT.

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