Doran Grant is without question one of the top defensive back products in the state of Ohio, and even the nation, for the class of 2011. It's no wonder then, that he's helped lead his Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's team to the Ohio State High School Playoffs.
"Yeah, we made it," Grant said of his team's run to the playoffs. "It was kind of bumpy. We play Poland Seminary. I haven't really seen that much of them, but I haven't seen them. I have to see them on film."
In between playing and handling his scholastic responsibilities, Grant has also been busy minding his recruitment. He has stayed in touch with numerous coaches from across the Midwest and many of them have stopped by his school to linger in the hallways.
"I've just been calling coaches and emailing them and stuff like that," Grant reported. "A lot of coaches have been stopping by the school. Pitt stopped by and Coach Barnett from Michigan State came by. And Notre Dame said they would be coming by. That's about it for schools coming over."
While the Wolverines haven't had a chance to stop by yet, the Maize and Blue aren't far off in the mind of Grant.
"I plan on talking to them this week," said Grant regarding the Michigan coaches. "I'll be going to the Michigan-Ohio State game."
Grant has made a few voyages to Ann Arbor since his star status started rising. One of the things he's noticed on television as well as being in person, is the wide open availability of the defensive back positions.
"Yeah I've seen it. Warren has been doing a good job at his spot, and he's holding it down. But I don't know too much about the other corner. I know they got J.T. Turner who should be ready by next year, but I do see some open spots there. It means a lot."
During his past few trips, he's made an effort to focus more on the factors pertinent to his recruitment. However, for his upcoming trip to observe the biggest rivalry in college football, Grant will be taking in a lighter side of the visit.
"The last couple trips I've been too, I've just been looking at schemes and how the defenses are," he explained. "This time I'm coming up there to watch the game as a fan and just enjoy the game and then talk to the coaches."
Because he is nowhere near a decision, Grant hasn't forged many bonds with other prospects in the earlier stages of 2011 recruitment. There is one prospect that he has connected with, though, and it's a name that Wolverine fans should be very familiar with.
"The only guy I talk to is Greg Brown from Fremont-Ross. I only talked to him a bit, but I looked him up on Facebook and we've chatted a bit."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Grant in the coming weeks.