Coach Spotlight: Corey Grant

Brian Blackmon, Opelika head football coach, gave high praise for Corey Grant Thursday afternoon as his four-star running back was announcing his college decision. Blackmon talked with Scout.com shortly after the press conference.



"This whole recruiting process have been a very stressful thing for him [Corey Grant]," said Blackmon. He looked at the pros and cons at all of the schools. He ended up making the best decision that he could make."

"I am not really sure Alabama's plans for Corey yet. I can say that he can play anywhere for anybody because of his work ethic, class and character. That is second to none. I would put him up against any player in the country when it comes to talent level and character."

Coach Blackmon talked about Grant's strengths and any areas of improvement before arriving at the next level.

"I know whatever position Corey ends up playing he is going to give it everything he's got," Blackmon said. "Someone asked me the other day what really made Corey blow up as a recruit. The speed has always been there for him, but what people didn't realize was he was just as good of a football player."

"He has great instincts and can really see the field. He uses his speed and strength to break arm tackles. He is also a big play threat. He can always improve on his footwork. He sometimes get stiff catching the ball out of the backfield. He has some things like that that he can improve, but I would not consider it a real weakness."

The newly appointed Opelika head coach served as the assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator since 1998. He is well aware of Grant's football talent, but knows his off the field as well.

"Corey is a great student," he said. "He is an A-B student. Just the other day we were going over his grades, and he has a 3.2 core GPA. He is not going to have any problem qualifying."

"His teammates love and respect him. He isn't the vocal leader but no doubt is he leader. You never question him giving you all he's got. He does that on every play."
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