Grant Becomes First Verbal in '11 Class

Marcus Grant called the Iowa coaches on Monday and told them he wanted to be a Hawkeye, thus becoming the first verbal commitment in the 2011 class. The Massachusetts wide receiver said that Iowa felt right. caught up with him and he talked about his decision.

Marcus Grant wasn't wrapped up in becoming Iowa's first verbal commitment in the Class of 2011. The Massachusetts wide receiver just wanted to make sure he had a spot.

"They have a lot of offers out to wide receivers and it seemed like a few were getting closer to committing," Grant said. "It was in my mind that if three or four committed before me, I didn't want to miss out on an opportunity to be a Hawkeye."

Grant called the Iowa coaches on Monday and did become their first verbal commitment this year. He'd been closing in on the choice since visiting Iowa City earlier this month.

"I just felt like I was ready to make my decision," the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder said. "I felt like this since I got off the plane coming back from there. It's just a golden opportunity."

As a junior, Grant caught 22 passes for 413 yards and six touchdowns. The Lawrence Academy product also carried the ball 25 times for 349 yards and four scores and returned three punts for TDs. On defense, he had 31 tackles and two interceptions from his cornerback position.

Grant chose the Hawkeyes ahead of offers from Connecticut and Syracuse.

"I just formed a great relationship with the (Iowa) coaches," he said. "They made me feel comfortable right off the bat. When I talked to Coach (Kirk) Ferentz, I just got a feeling that wasn't there with the other schools.

"I told myself that I would know when it felt right, and it does. I am definitely solid with this choice and ready to be a Hawkeye."

The coaches have told Grant that he can compete for playing time in his first season on campus.

"They said that if I was the only commitment at wide receiver that I would have to play because of the numbers," he said.

Iowa received its second commitment in the class on Tuesday morning when Texas receiver JaCorey Shepherd made the call after a weekend trip to Iowa City.

"That was great to hear I had a new teammate in my class," Grant said. "I'm looking forward to the competition. I think we can push each other and make each other better."

Grant said in previous interviews with me that he was not concerned with going away for college.

"My mother was a little bit skeptical, but my father was 100 percent on board since the beginning," Grant said. "My mother was just thinking about it because I'm her youngest. She's very happy now. They both are. I wouldn't have done this without their blessing."

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