Doran Grant Sees Playing Time

The 2011 Buckeye State star made yet another pilgrimage to Ann Arbor to check out the Wolverines as they took on their arch-rival Ohio State. Though the Wolverines faltered on the field, it still didn't stop Grant from taking positives away from the game.

Junior Ohio defensive back Doran Grant is becoming a frequent face in Ann Arbor. For the third time, and second this year, he tripped to the University of Michigan to check out the Wolverines on an unofficial visit. Though the Wolverines faltered against the Buckeyes, Grant still had an enjoyable time on Saturday.

"It was a pretty good visit," Grant told GoBlueWolverine. "I was able to talk to Coach Tall and some other recruits down there from Ohio. It was like another normal visit. They showed us a highlight film, and Coach Rodriguez was talking about how there were a lot of highly recruited people there for the game. People who are already committed to other schools were still coming out to watch the game and stuff like that."

Grant has said in the past that he's close with Michigan's only 2011 commitment so far, in Greg Brown from Fremont Ross. Brown was also in town for the weekend, and Grant was able to catch up with him and spend a solid chunk of time with Brown.

"Yeah, actually it was kind of ironic. His and my seats were right next to each other. Yeah, I was like seat 24 and he was seat 23 and we were sitting there the whole game, like just talking and everything and analyzing the game."

Though Brown had ample opportunity to turn the heat up on the Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's star, he didn't press the issue on Grant becoming a Wolverine early in the 2011 recruiting process.

"No, not really. He was just asking me if I knew where I wanted to go yet and he asked me when I was going to make my decision. I just told him it's not coming too soon it's going to be a while. Then he and I just talked about other stuff."

When his decision does come, the Wolverines could possibly have an ace in the hole when it comes to possibly landing Grant. With the defensive backfield extremely short on depth, playing time will be the main priority for Grant.

"I just want to get on the field early. I don't want to sit on the bench and wait. That's probably the main thing for me. I just want to get there, play early and just play right away. I don't want to have to red-shirt or wait a year or something like that."

The Wolverines will be going against some tough competition however from other Midwest schools, including some powerhouses.

"Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois, Georgia, Michigan and maybe Ohio State, too. Yeah basically right now that's my list, and Cincinnati too."

Though this was inarguably Michigan's biggest recruiting weekend ever, Grant wasn't able to catch up much with any of the prospects in the year ahead of him, though it doesn't mean they didn't catch his eye.

"I didn't get to talk to them, but I seen a bunch of people that I noticed like Austin White. Dillon Baxter was there too, from California, and Cullen Christian too. I don't know if he committed or not, but I saw him there and I know he really loves Michigan a lot."

With Akron St. Vincent St. Mary's first round loss in the Ohio State Playoffs, Grant is focused on finishing out his junior year, then, will head to Florida to show his skills among some of the other top prospects in the nation in his class.

"Right now, basketball season is for me. I'm going to some combines because I'm training right now during basketball, too. I'm going to the Under Armor combine in Florida, and I'm going there to watch the game and stuff."


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