Camden WR Kelvin Grant became the 22nd commitment to Coach Tommy Bowden's 2002 recruiting class earlier this morning.
Grant followed a Camden tradition by allowing the Camden Chronicle to run the story on his commitment first.
Kelvin caught 59 passes for 1,194 yards and 15 touchdowns this past year while helping lead Camden to a perfect 15-0 record and the AAA State Championship. As a junior, he caught 42 passes for 887 yards and 7 scores.
His decision comes as a bit of surprise to most Tiger fans as South Carolina had become his favorite in early December. Grant hosted coaches from Georgia, South Carolina, and Clemson this week and reportedly his visit with Coach Bowden was rushed because he was in the middle of a term paper.
In the end though, it didn't matter. Coach Rick Stocksill worked his magic once again, as he helped lead the charge to bring in one the top two wide receivers in the state of South Carolina this year.
Grant camped this past summer at Penn State, Pittsburgh and Clemson but was offered by nearly every school in the southeast. He is best known for his ability to get serious yardage after the catch. He has outstanding instincts and could be an impact player as early as next season.
"This was the toughest decision I ever had to make in my life," Grant said to Camden-Chronicle's sports editor Tom Didato.
"I couldn't go wrong with any of those three schools. I wanted to go to Clemson since last year. During this whole process, I had to try and convince myself that I didn't want to go to Clemson. Obviously, if you have to convince yourself that you don't want to go somewhere, that's where you want to go. I slept on it every night and kept waking up to Clemson."
Kelvin Grant is one of the South's top receivers and the senior from Camden, South Carolina has made his decision. And it was a very difficult choice.
"I actually committed to Georgia on Sunday. I told Coach Eason and Coach Richt I was coming to UGA. I drove home and I was very excited to be a Dawg. The next day, I started to get a feeling that I made the wrong decision and I started to think I should have picked Clemson. It is just a gut feeling that Clemson is where I am supposed to be. I love the offense and coaches. The decision now feels right to me," Grant told Jamie Newberg
Grant agonized over the decision. In fact, he couldn't even tell the Georgia staff.
"I couldn't bare it. I had to leave the room when my coach told Georgia I changed my mind. That is the hardest part about all of this."
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