Florida ATH eager to visit Kentucky

Kentucky is one of three officials visits slated for three-star Dade City (Fla.) Pasco athlete Janarion Grant, who could see action as a receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist at the next level. Read more about him in this KyScout update.

Kentucky is one of three schools that will receive an official visit from Dade City (Fla.) Pasco standout Janarion Grant in the upcoming weeks.

"I may be going to Houston on the 18th, then Rutgers on the 25th and Kentucky on the last weekend before signing day (Feb. 1-3)," Grant said. "Those are my main three schools right now."

Grant (5-10, 175, 4.45) is a three-star prospect who has flown somewhat under the radar due to breaking his hand and missing seven games. When he returned to the Pasco lineup, he made up for lost time, scoring "almost 20" touchdowns in the team's final five games. They came via rushing, receiving, defense and special teams.

Sitting out was "devastating," said Grant, who had screws placed in his middle finger. "I"m just thankful it wasn't my knees or legs."

Versatility is the name of Grant's game.

"On offense, I played a lot of different spots," said Grant, who scored 77 touchdowns in four years at Pasco, believed to be the highest figure in region history. "I was mainly a slot receiver, but they used me on a lot of running plays coming in motion. I ran the ball, caught the ball, did returns. I ran 'Wildcat.' Just anything the team needed me to do.

"I'm just a football player. You can put me anywhere."

Kentucky assistant coach Chad Scott was recruiting Grant to Texas Tech. He maintained that relationship upon landing his new position with the Wildcats, and Grant was eager to listen.

"I like coach Scott a lot," Grant said. "He had me thinking real hard about going out to Texas Tech, and when he got the job at Kentucky, I was glad to hear he was still interested in me.

"He says I would be a real good fit for what they are going to do with their offense. I think they like me most as a slot receiver, but also as a return guy. They like how I'm an explosive guy. They say I have great balance and vision and that I make a lot of guys miss in open space. They think I have a chance to start as a freshman, which is something I really like to hear."

Grant said he's looking forward to seeing the UK campus when he makes his visit.

"I don't know much about them yet, but I've heard a lot of great things," he said. "The big things are the offense they run and the fact that it's an SEC school, a big-time school. They also have real good academics, which is important to me."

Oklahoma State was also recruiting Grant, but one of the Cowboys' assistant coaches left to take a position at Houston. "I don't know much about them yet, but they want me to visit on the 18th," Grant said. "I know they have a good offense."

Rutgers has pursued Grant longer than most of the other schools on his list. "It's a good program. They've had some real nice teams lately," Grant said. "I like their pro-style offense and the balance they have. They also have a big need for a return guy like me."

West Virginia and South Florida have also been in the mix, but Grant said communication has fallen off with the Mountaineers, and the other three schools on his list have pushed ahead of the Bulls.

He said he'll make his decision after the UK visit. "I'll wait to see how I feel after all my visits and if the things the coaches were telling me were true when I got to see them up close."


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