Doran Grant had a much better start to his weekend than he did the previous week. Part of it was his weekend plans, and most of it came from his Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's winning their first game of the season and having a big game.
"It went real well," Grant said of his Friday game. "I had three pass
deflections and a few
receptions. I had a lot of tackles, like
about seven tackles."
After garnering the win, Grant tripped up to Ann Arbor to check out the 2009
version of the Maize and
Blue, as they took on Western Michigan in
their season opener. As the Wolverines
got their first season opening win since 2006, they opened Grants eyes quite a
"I liked it a lot. I
was trying to talk to Coach Rodriguez, but I didn't get much of a chance to
talk to him so I talked to Coach Tall. I
talked to him about coming up there, and being a part of all the new
things. I liked the whole game. They played real well."
On top of taking in the game and what Michigan
has to offer, he got a good chance to meet and chat with a fellow 2011 Buckeye
"I met Greg Brown from Fremont Ross. I talked to him about how he committed
and things like that. He said he's liked
them for a while and for him it just felt right."
Meeting kids that will be a part of his class looks to be a
big role in the decision making process for Grant, and he backed that up with
some strong feelings on the subject.
"It'll be pretty big, because there is a lot of talented
kids in my class in Ohio,
so I could be at school with any of them.
I try to get a chance to become friends with, and I want to be cool with
when we go into the decision making process."
This weekend wasn't the first time Grant got to take in a
game at the Big House, but it was notably different from the game, and team, he
saw in 2008.
"The energy of the team is way higher than last year. They came out with more
swagger. The freshman quarterbacks were good. They made a few mistakes, but
the game. And Greg Robinson, the defensive
coordinator, did a great job on defense.
He had them everywhere they needed to be, and that caught my eye."
Having Robinson on the sidelines could go a long way in
persuading Grant that a four year career in the Maize and Blue would be a good
choice for him to make.
"I like how he controls his defense and sets up the
schemes. I heard him barking at the
players, or well, staying on them when they were on the sidelines, telling them
to keep focused."
has remained consistently in Grant's list of early favorites, the visit over
the weekend solidified their spot as one of the heavy hitters in the race to
"They're definitely going to stay in there. I don't think I'll drop them off my
all. I don't really know how high or low
on my list they're going to be, but they're definitely going to be in there."
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