"It's Bama."

Corey Grant, Scout.com four-star running back from Opelika, Ala., announced his college choice at a press conference held at his high school. The Tide landed one of the nation's elite speedsters as Grant talked about his decision.


Corey Grant informed Scout.com of his college decision prior to the public announcement and asked to release the story at noon. He talked about choosing the Tide between the three SEC schools of Alabama, Auburn and Florida.

"It's Bama," Grant said. "I really haven't known for a while. I made my decision within the last two weeks. I sat down with my parents and coaches. We talked about everything. We weighed the pros and cons at each school. Alabama came out as the best option for me."

"I basically chose the place where I felt the most comfortable. I knew if I took football out of the equation that Alabama was the place I would want to be. Overall it's a great school for me."

"Alabama really doesn't have anyone like me. They have the big backs, like Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. I am a smaller back that is explosive with a lot of speed."

"They want me to play running back, but I would be the guy they want to get in open space. I would be a perimeter guy and a return specialist."

"I really like the Alabama campus and their facilities. The atmosphere down there is really nice. Tuscaloosa is a great place during football season."

As of Wednesday night Grant had not talked with the Tide coaching staff. He plans to speak with them following the press conference.

"I have not talked to any of the coaches yet," Grant said. "My dad spoke to them earlier, and they were excited."

"Coach Kirby Smart was my recruiting coach, but I usually talked to coach [Burton] Burns. I have a real good relationship with him. He is a nice guy and overall good person. I have a good relationship with coach [Nick] Saban as well. He is a real good person."

Grant is happy the decision is behind him and talked about the recruiting process.

"It did come down to those three schools," Grant stated. "It was a very hard decision for me. It took me a while to decide which school was the right fit for me. It feels very good to have my decision over with. I can now focus on my senior season."

"I really never expected the recruiting process to get this big. When it first started I really never thought it would get like it did. For the most part I enjoyed it. I guess really the only one thing I didn't like was having to choose between those three schools. It was just a very tough decision."

The speedster has turned heads for a while especially during track season. He won the class 6A 100m state chamiponship (10.54) in the spring defeating Alabama commitment Demarcus Milliner and Florida commitment Solomon Patton.

Grant had 88 carries for 724 yards and 14 touchdowns during the 2008 season. He added 16 receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

Grant will graduate with his class in the spring of 2010, and he is uncertain if he'll pursue track at the next level.

Grant becomes the 18th high school commitment for the Tide's class of 2010 and 20th overall. The class includes two re-signs, Devonta Bolton and Brandon Lewis, who are enrolled at East Mississippi Junior College.

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