Ethan Grant is a special player when he has the ball in his hands. He is one of the fastest players in the state regardless of class, and he is one of the top playmakers in Florida for the 2010 class. Over the summer Grant performed well at Florida State's summer camp as he busted out several sub 4.3 40 yard dashes. Grant's ability has led to several programs extending him offers already.
"Recruiting is going well right now," said Grant. "UCLA, Florida, Florida State and West Virginia have offered me officially, and Oregon has offered me verbally. Most of the schools are looking at me as an athlete or running back, and FSU is looking at me as a corner."
Florida State is high on Grant's list at this time. He was in Tallahassee for an unofficial visit when the Noles played UT-Chattanooga in September. According to Ethan the visit went very well and it was his first chance to really talk to the coaching staff.
"I'm open to all schools but right now FSU is my top school with Oregon at number 2," explained Grant. "I like FSU and how they play. I went up for the UTC game and had a great visit. I think FSU is a team on the rise and I think they are going to come back this year with a solid season. I spoke to Mickey Andrews while I was there. It was a pleasure for me to come up there. They are looking at me as a corner and Coach Andrews said they are losing a lot of upperclassmen and a spot could be open to play early. While I like running back I am looking to get on the field pretty early in my career."
Ethan told NoleDigest what he likes about his top 2 at this time. He says the family atmosphere at FSU is great while the offense Oregon runs is intriguing to him.
"FSU is my favorite because there is a big family feel there. That is a big thing for me in the school I choose because I want to go somewhere where I have chemistry with the coaches and players and feel comfortable there. I like Oregon because of the offense they run and I like how they use their running backs in the spread. I plan on going there for a visit soon because I want to see if there is a connection there and I want to see how the atmosphere is."
Florida has shown interest in Grant and Ethan was in town for the game when the Gators played the Canes last month. According to Ethan he feels that they are not a school for him at this time.
"I went to the Florida/Miami game," said Grant, "but I didn't have a good time. I didn't like it too much and I didn't get a good vibe from the coaches there. I wasn't into it and I don't like the lifestyle there; it is a little too country for me. I like Miami some but they haven't even shown me any interest or anything."
Ethan has shown his playmaking ability already in the 2008 season as he is averaging almost 10 yards per carry while playing both ways for his North Broward team. He says he hasn't had the chance to make any plays on special teams because teams aren't kicking to him.
"My season is going well," said Grant. "Last week I ran for 172 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown on an 80 yard run. I've been playing both sides of the ball this year, too. I think I have like 311 yards on 39 carries and 3 touchdowns. On defense I have like 6 tackles and an interception. I play special teams too but teams aren't kicking to me this year so I haven't had a chance to make any returns."
The 5'8" 170 pound athlete says that he's been working on corner this year because he wants to improve at that position this year. On offense he is trying to work on his ability to catch the ball.
"I think my character makes me stand out as well as my desire to play the game," said Grant about what makes him a good player. "I've been working on my hands and my corner play in general. I need to focus and get better at that."
While schools like UCLA and West Virginia will get a look it seems like FSU and Oregon are the two teams out front for Grant. Listening to him you'd think the upcoming visit to Oregon will be the last one before a decision is made.
"I like FSU a lot but I still want to see some other schools," stated Grant. "I want to get my decision out of the way so I can focus on other things so I want to make my decision by the end of this season. I talk to Coach Morgan at Oregon and we are on the same page like I am with the coaches at FSU. I like both schools and I want to check out Oregon before I make a decision."
Right now it seems like FSU is in a good position for yet another south Florida standout. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Grant's junior season and his recruitment.