The No. 2 rated defensive tackle in the land is DeMarucs Granger of Dallas (Texas) Kimball and he will be one of the many stars LSU will host on that big weekend.
Granger is one of the most impressive players in the country overall not only at his position. The 6-2, 325-pounder runs a 5.0 in the forty-yard dash and while his speed may not be off the charts, his first step is as quick as anyone that comes to recent memory. Add his quickness, his 405-pound bench press and 28" vertical jump to the equation and what you have is an NFL-type body trapped inside of a 17 year-old young man.
As a junior, the standout tackle was voted the Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Year and that is pretty much unheard of for a junior to win that honor in the Lonestar State. He should rack up on the post-season awards again this year after registering 68 tackles, 13 sacks and forcing 14 fumbles.
Granger talks with someone on the LSU staff every week and last week it was associate head coach Bobby Williams who made the call.
"He was telling me with the talent I have I could go in and be in the rotation," Granger told Tiger Rag. "They have one lineman leaving and they are moving one tackle to end so he said I could go in and play early."
Early playing time is one of the main ingredients Granger is looking for in a school but he also has his eye on some other characteristics that are just as important.
"The depth charts are real important and I look at the rosters to see who is leaving and who is committed," he said. "They have to have that family atmosphere and I have to have a good relationship with my position coach because that is who will be coaching me. I want a school that will help me with my academics because I don't want to get lost in the system."
So does Granger have that type of relationship he is looking for with LSU defensive line coach Travis Jones?
"Yes sir," he said. "He's a good teacher of the fundamentals. We talk a lot and I feel like he is the type of coach that will be there for me on and off the field."
The LSU visit is the only one Granger currently has set but he said he is looking to set something up with Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and either Texas A&M or Arkansas. He said he may make an unofficial visit to the Texas/Texas A&M game the day after Thanksgiving but as of now that is up in the air.
When asked if he was ready to name a leader or if any school/schools stood out over the rest he replied, "No. They are all even right now."
Texas No. 2 DE Granger will check out LSU
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