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More On U-M's Latest Commitment, JR RB Kevin Grady

"He's a unique combination of speed, size, and toughness!" Part Two on Michigan's latest commitment, the top-rated instate junior, <B>Kevin</B> 'Little Bettis' <B>Grady</B> from East Grand Rapids, Mich.

Okay, first a little 'hype'. One of the state's oldest and most knowledgable high school scouts and talent evaluators told us a week ago, "I'm a big Kevin Grady fan. Some question his speed -- but I think he is the best running back I have personally seen (and he's seen most if not all of the top ones) in Michigan in the last five years."

And the East Grand Rapids Athletic Director Kevin Fouch told us today, "He's great player, and will be a great college player. He's a unique combination of speed, size, and toughness!"

Kevin Grady is, simply, built like a tank! He reminds us of Jerome Bettis. He's probably actually 5-9 tall (he IS growing), and weighs 230 lbs. He reportedly ran a 4.6 sec. 40 yard dash at the 2002 Michigan Camp (where he was a shade over 5-8), and he has improved his speed since then until he now runs a consistant 4.5. And he impressed the Michigan coaches back then to earn a rare scholarship offer -- before he'd even began his junior year!

As a freshman year on the East Grand Rapids varsity as a fullback (he was called up and became a starter the second game), he rushed in eight games for 1,164 yards and 22 touchdowns.

As a sophomore he led East Grand Rapids to a perfect season and a state championship, rushing 275 times for 2,097 yards (7.6 yards per carry average) and 43 touchdowns. In the state championship game he ran for for 172 yards and a record-tying five touchdowns.

This year Grady moved to the tailback spot. East Grand Rapids is 2-0, with Grady rushing for 342 yards and seven touchdowns on 43 carries.

And AD Kevin Fouch added to us, "Kevin is a wonderful young man, humble and polite. He has great patents. He's just a nice kid and a good student."

Remember, he's just a junior! Stay tuned.

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