Top JC Linebacker Contemplating CU Visit

As a freshman at City College of San Francisco, Larry Grant had 90 tackles, six sacks, six blocked punts, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. On offense, he had one rush on a fake punt for 65 yards. Some consider Grant to be the top JC linebacker prospect in the nation. His teammate, Matthew Harper, is visiting Boulder this weekend. If Harper came to CU, Grant could follow.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
40 time: 4.45
Bench: 390
Clean: 315
From: Norcross HS in Norcross, Georgia
College: CC of San Francisco

Larry Grant was named first team all-conference on defense last season. Originally from Norcross, Georgia, Grant will graduate in December and will head to his school of choice in spring of '06 with three years to play two. He has five written offers and is heading to Tennessee on an official visit, late Thursday night.

Grant moved to Georgia for the majority of his high school career after his freshman year was spent in California. He played his frosh ball at Foothill High in Sacramento. Out of high school, the talented linebacker committed to play football at Murray State in Kentucky. He did not qualify and says it was his older brother who convinced him to head back to the Golden State for his junior college days. "He knew about some of the schools out there and thought it would be a good fit for me," Grant said. "I am originally from California so it was an easy decision."

He was supposed to head to Murray State as a running back. As a senior at Norcross, he had 35 rushes for 450 yards and six touchdowns. "I didn't qualify because of my SAT score. As soon as I got to CC of San Fran, the coach put me on defense pretty much the first practice and I never went back to offense."

The move seems to have benefited all parties as Grant has exploded onto the scene as a defender. He has followed up his all-conference freshman year with what looks to be an all-world sophomore campaign. Through five games (5-0), he has 60 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two blocked punts (one for a TD). "I have great speed and I also have great agility because I used to play running back. I am quick on my feet."

Grant's skills are attracting many top colleges. He has written offers from Tennessee, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, and Texas A&M. "My favorites are Tennessee, Florida, Cal, Oregon State, and Texas A&M. I also like Colorado, a little.

His teammate, Matthew Harper, is visiting Boulder this weekend. "I want to hear what he thinks of the trip and then I might go see Colorado in December. If he goes there, that might influence me because we are real close friends.

"I know a lot of Colorado players have gone to the league. They like me at the Buff linebacker spot because they say that that player has to be good in space. I have watched the guy play there (Brian Iwuh) and I think I would be a good fit at the position. Coach Bray is real cool."

In the meantime, arrived in Knoxville today for an official visit. "I am going there for the Georgia game and then I am coming back on Sunday. I am really looking forward to the trip because Tennessee is my favorite right now." It's worth noting that CCSF has sent a couple players to Tennessee in recent years: S Gibril Wilson and OL Albert Toeiana.

Could a commitment be imminent if he likes what he sees? "I don't think so. I will probably keep my options open and take some more visits."

He has no other official trips scheduled at this time.

Grant would like to major in Communications and minor in Business.

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