Grant Checks In On The Wolverines

One of the nation's top defensive back prospects checked in on the Wolverines yesterday as they fell to their instate rivals. Even with a loss, the Buckeye State prospect still took away positives.

Doran Grant,'s no. 2 rated corner back, made the short trip from Akron, Ohio to Ann Arbor to take in the Wolverines annual battle against their in-state rivals, the Michigan State Spartans.

"It was cool," Grant told GoBlueWolverine. "I couldn't wait to get back up there because I hadn't been up there since the summer. I wanted to watch them play and talk to the coaches and stuff. I talked to Coach Gibson and Coach Tall. On the first drive I thought they were about to do some damage, but after the interception it just seemed Michigan State just took control of the game."

Grant has been adamant about one thing through his entire recruitment, and that is to have the opportunity to play as a true freshman. With Michigan's young, but suspect pass defense and their willingness to play talent, Grant see's the ample opportunity.

"I've seen it. I don't know who no. 18 (James Rogers) was that got hurt, but Cullen Christian came in. And then I guess they tried in and put another freshman in. They aren't afraid to play freshman and I talked to Coach Gibson and he said if I come there, I have a good opportunity to show them what I can do and get on the field."

Even though the Wolverines fell to the Spartans, Grant came away with positive vibes from the Maize and Blue, and thinks the loss is just a bump along what should be a successful road.

"Yes, they're still a good football team. Michigan State is also a good football team. Just after that game, they just have to re-group and continue their winning ways throughout the season."

Already into October, most prospects have at least taken one or two official visits, but Grant has done everything on his own dime so far.

"It's all been unofficial so far. I haven't figured out anything else out. I know Michigan State and Ohio State for sure, but I haven't figured out any of the other schools."

Michigan is still a prime contender for one of the three remaining visits.

"Absolutely, they still have a chance, yes."

After the game, before leaving to fight the swarm of traffic, Grant got to spend some time with the assistant coaches spear-heading the efforts in his recruitment.

"I got to talk with Coach Tall and then Coach Gibson and then Coach Robinson came over for a quick second and I got to talk to him. I didn't really get to see any of the players after the game, because we just kind of left really."

Gearing up for the last few months of this recruiting season, Michigan is still in great shape on Grant's narrowing list.

"I have a top eight and Michigan is absolutely still in it."

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