RECRUITING: Grant's visit was "real cool."

It's no secret that the University of Florida Gators are lacking in numbers at the linebacker position. One look at the depth chart and anyone can see Brian Crum is the backup at two different linebacker spots. The Gators graduate starting strong side linebacker Todd McCullough this year, leaving a vacancy for someone with little or no experience at the position. That someone could be the 6-3, 225 pound linebacker Larry Grant.

(Larry Grant profile)

The five-star junior college player from the City College of San Francisco visited Gainesville for the Gators' romp over Florida State. The crowd was rockin' and the town was electric after the Gators beat one of their biggest rivals.

"The visit went real cool," Grant said as he was catching a flight in Charlotte (NC). "I liked the players, the coaches, and the people in the town were cool too. My hosts were Brandon Siler, and Darryon Robinson. Siler is real. He is a real dude, he tells you like it is. The Swamp was jumping. It was a real big game and Florida came to play."

The Florida defense was outstanding on the night, causing five turnovers and almost pitching a shutout against their arch rival. It was definitely a defense that Grant could see himself playing in and one the Gators could see him playing in.

"I like the defense, it's a good defense," he said. "They want me to play the SAM linebacker position. I can play there. Coach Strong is real cool. He said he likes the way I get after it."

It's a three team race for his services and he has already visited the other two schools. Larry Grant will be able to enroll in one of the schools in January and compete right away for a starting spot. The three with a shot are Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Florida.

On Tennessee: "They have a real big stadium and their players are cool."

On Texas A & M: "I didn't get to watch a game, but the atmosphere was real cool when I was out there. The players were cool and the coaches were cool too. Everywhere I went they had nice facilities."

Decision time will be very soon for Grant. In a little over a month he will be enrolling at a four year university to play big time football.

"I don't know who is recruiting me the hardest," he said. "I will make my decision pretty soon. It will come down to team chemistry, how the town is, and how I can do. I want a place where I can start. Everyone has the same opportunity to start right now."

The Florida Gators had a great start to a recruiting weekend with three big time commitments. With one linebacker commitment, the Gators are looking to add two or three more to solidify a defensive unit lacking in linebackers. Larry Grant is someone that could come in right away and make a difference.


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