Grant Lands Michigan Offer

One of the top 2011 Buckeye State prospects received a few official offers on the September 1st, including one that he was hoping would come. GoBlueWolverine caught up with him to gauge his feelings on his new offer.

Doran Grant is one of the top 2011 prospects in the State of Ohio, and possibly in the nation. He made a big name for himself over the summer on a bus trip with Raw Talent, which included a stop at Michigan. While many schools piled on the verbal offers, the Wolverines were conspicuous only in their absence. That is no longer the case, as the Maize and Blue extended him his offer Tuesday.

"I'm excited about it because Michigan is one of my top schools," Grant told GoBlueWolverine. "I'm actually coming up this weekend for the Western Michigan game."

This won't be his first time in Ann Arbor, as he made a stop here with Raw Talent as well as taking in a game day visit in 2008.

"I was up there last year when they played Michigan State, so I've actually seen the game atmosphere and how the coaches and players are. I just want to visit and check it out some more and see a bit more."

Now that he's visiting the Wolverines with an offer in hand, it's something Grant insists he won't take lightly, as he's prepared to see what the 2009 Michigan squad has to offer.

"I'll probably take the visit a lot more seriously, and pay closer attention to different things, like how the coaches coach the players and how they play football. I'm going to open my eyes and ears and really pay attention to what's going on around me."

Michigan wasn't the only school to make their intentions known with Grant on the first day official offers could find their way into juniors hands. Several other schools came through with offers as well.

"Michigan State sent their official offer over today and Pittsburgh and Stanford faxed theirs over today."

Pulling Grant out of Akron isn't going to be an easy task, but the Wolverines are definitely in the mix, as Grant is truly wide open. The Maize and Blue find themselves on Grant's early short list.

"It's more like a top seven. It's probably Illinois, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Cincinnati. That's probably about it right now. It's in no order."

He'll be able to see several of his top schools in person, with an extremely hectic fall unofficial visit schedule, in which he'll take in some of the top games in the Midwest, as well as one down south.

"I'll be at the USC and Ohio State game next week and I'll also be going to the Notre Dame and USC game. I'll be at Michigan this week obviously, and I'll be back at Michigan for the Ohio State game. I know I'm scheduled to go to Cincinnati, but I forgot which one. And I'm going to the Georgia and LSU game as well."

Outside of his crazy schedule for games in the fall, Grant is focusing on his junior season with Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's, most noted as Lebron James' alma mater. With the season under way, Grant and his team suffered a minor setback in their opener.

"It's okay right now. We lost our opener 21-7. I didn't really have too much to do on defense because they wouldn't come my way at all. I had two tackles though. I had a couple receptions for like 45 yards."

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