National junior likes Georgia

Georgia offered the day this talented junior camped in Athens and they were the second school to offer him. He liked what he saw at Georgia and hopes to return in the near future.

"I was at Georgia's camp in June and after they moved me to the group with the older guys, that is when they offered me," said Doran Grant. "Coach [Willie] Martinez had been working me through drills, pushing me at defensive back, and I just kept making plays. He moved me up to better competition and I showed him I can do it there too and he pulled me aside and offered me a scholarship."

"Georgia Tech offered me the day before and they were first to offer, but I did not expect Georgia to offer me. I did not know what they thought of me, but they liked how I played and I did well in the drills, 7on7, and 1on1 competitions, so they offered me."

The Dawgs made that verbal offer over the summer official the first week of September.

"I did get a written offer from Georgia around September 1 and I was excited about it. I really liked it down there and I am going to get back down there for a game this year."

"I really liked the stadium a lot – it was huge and I liked the facilities too. The coaches know how to teach and I like how they made it fun at camp too. I have a lot of interest in Georgia."

The Ohio native also has an offer from Ohio State so many think that gives the Buckeyes an immediate edge. He said that is not the case.

"I am really open to everyone right now," stated the 5-foot-10, 169 pound corner. "I liked Ohio State and Michigan State when I was real young around eight and then I started liking Miami when I got a little older. I just like everyone now because I am starting to learn about a lot of schools."

"I have a lot of interest in Georgia too, especially after that camp. I have family in Commerce and Atlanta as well, so it would be nice to know I have someone close to me down there."

Grant listed Illinois, Notre Dame, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, Michigan State, and Cincinnati as his early favorites.

Like every top player, Grant is looking for early playing time and that is one thing playing in Georgia's favor.

"Both Mark Richt and Coach Martinez told me I would have a great opportunity to play as a freshman if I chose Georgia because they will only have four corners after this year. They said they need me down they and that I could really help them."

"I really connected with Coach Martinez when I was down there and I am definitely going to watch him closely when I visit for a game. I was supposed to visit for the LSU game, but I couldn't make it, so I hope to get to another one. He is a cool coach that pays attention to detail, he coaches fast, he works you, and I really like his style."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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