West Coast Lineman On The Radar

Finishing up the offensive line is a priority on the recruiting trail in 2012. To that end the Blue Devils are searching far and wide…and west for players. One of those is California prospect Grant Bays who spoke with TDD to update his recruiting process.

"I played offensive line and defensive line for my high school team, and I'll probably end up playing either guard or center at the next level," said Oceanside (Calif.) standout Grant Bays. "At the moment I don't have any offers, but the schools recruiting me the most are Oregon, Colorado, and Southern Cal."

At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds with a 5.2 forty time and weight room numbers of 315 pounds on the bench and 455 on the squat, it's easy to see why so many schools have sent mail and are hoping to get Bays on campus. So far he's been to USC, UCLA, and Stanford, and says he'll venture out of California when school is on break as he searches for the right program.

So what's the make-up of the "right" program?

"I think it'll be a mid-sized school with great academics. That's my ideal situation"

The Blue Devils - who usually recruit skill positions such as quarterback and receiver out west - have jumped in Bays' recruitment and are hoping to persuade him to come East for a visit this summer. The pitch is one that many Duke recruiting fans will recognize.

"With Duke I really like the history of the program and the direction. It's also a great educational opportunity. The school is rich in tradition as is the program. I would have to say the biggest pitch, however, is the educational opportunity."

As a junior Bays team went 10-3 and won a CIF Southern Section DII Championship. Along the way the talented lineman was named to the All-County team. So what propelled him to such heights?

"The strengths of my game is my balance and pass protection. Coaches notice how fast I get off the ball and the initial punch I have after the snap. I know I need to work on my footwork during the run, however."

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