Grant Enjoys Michigan Visit

One of the top 2011 kids in the state of Ohio, and the nation, took in the Wolverines season opening win against Western Michigan. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the star defensive back to hear about his visit to Ann Arbor.

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 bit.

"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 State star.

"I met Greg Brown from Fremont Ross. I talked to him about how he committed early 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 they controlled 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."

While Michigan 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 land him.

"They're definitely going to stay in there. I don't think I'll drop them off my list at 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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