Iowa Moves into Lead for '11 Wide Receiver

Lawerence Academy (Groton, MA) WR Marcus Grant visited Iowa City last week and the '11 prospect left impressed. Read what he had to say about the trip and his recruitment in this update.

Everything looked and sounded good when Marcus Grant unofficially visited Iowa last week. He loved the football facilities, campus and academic opportunities.

Then, the 2011 WR from Massachusetts further investigated the situation.

"I wanted to see what the town was about," Grant said. "I started asking people at my hotel and people around Iowa City what they thought about Hawkeye football. Every one of them said that you don't live there and not love the Hawkeyes.

"You don't see that in Boston and back on the East Coast. It was impressive."

The experience lifted the Hawkeyes into the favorite's spot for Grant. He's been offered scholarships from Iowa, Syracuse and Connecticut.

"Iowa definitely is on top now, but I still want to get to know the schools that have offered me a little better," Grant said. "I'm not sitting here waiting for more offers to role in, but I still want to do some homework on the schools that have offered. I'm going out to UConn in two weeks to get to know them a little better."

As a junior at Lawrence Academy, Grant caught 22 passes for 413 yards and six touchdowns and carried the ball 25 times for 349 yards and four scores. He returned three punts for touchdowns and accumulated 31 tackles and two interceptions as a cornerback.

Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe is the lead recruiter for Grant. He's also been in contact with Eric Johnson, the Hawkeyes recruiting coordinator.

Grant was impacted by a meeting another coach in Iowa City.

"Coach (Kirk) Ferentz was just a great guy," the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder said. "He never pressed me for a commitment and didn't talk much about himself and what he's done. I left there feeling very strongly that I could have a great relationship with him. He's just an easy-going guy I felt real comfortable around."

Grant was joined in Iowa City by Lawrence Academy teammates Anthony Knight (RB/DB) and Mike Orloff (QB/DB), also Class of '11 members.

"They don't have offers yet, but Iowa definitely is looking at them," Grant said.

Grant will continue to review his options, which he hopes will eventually lead him to a decision.

"I really don't have a time frame," he said. "Like I said, I'm not waiting to get more scholarship offers. I just want to do more research, then I'll know when I'm comfortable enough to choose a school."

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