Doran Grant, Scout.com's no. 2 cornerback, had been to Michigan for a few games, as well as stopping by their summer camps with the Raw Talent Bus Tour. It never afforded him a chance, however, to get a look more behind the scenes at the Maize and Blue.
That changed this past Friday when Grant and company rolled
into Ann Arbor
to get a much closer look at the Wolverines.
"I got up there and met up with Coach Singletary at
Schembechler Hall," Grant recalled for GoBlueWolverine. "We basically toured
the place again. I've been there before so I knew where a lot
of stuff was, but it was the first time I've ever gone to the locker room. It
was probably the first locker room I've
ever seen. It was an incredible. It looked like a dance club when you go in
there. I visited the weight room and I
saw the new indoor facility. It was my
first time seeing it. Then we watched
the spring practice."
While the Wolverines have been on a down stretch their past
two years, Grant really noticed a difference in the Maize and Blue headed into
Rich Rodriguez's third year.
"I treated it like they were finally making the change and
they're coming up. The school really
cares about their football team, and everyone takes it very seriously."
And as far as the actual practice in and of itself, it was
more of a laid back day in shorts that Grant took in.
"It wasn't too much because they weren't in pads (it was the Friday practice), so I
watched drills mainly and some special teams stuff. They did have like a
scrimmage indoors and
that was nice."
Since returning to Akron,
Grant now has a top five that he's willing to announce, and Michigan moved into
a solid spot after a
"Actually, since I got back, I have a top five now. I have Ohio State at one, Michigan State at two, Michigan
at three, USC at four and five is Illinois."
Grant was also able to bring his father along on the
unofficial visit, and his father came away just as impressed.
"He enjoyed it a lot.
He liked all the switching they did with their guys. He thought Coach Rod was
really good and
really cool. We hung out with him for a
second. He didn't have anything bad to
say about it, and he actually likes the Big House a lot."
With such a strong visit, the Wolverines have done
everything so far to get themselves into a nice position for Grant, and may
have another chance in a few days, but will definitely have a chance over the
course of the summer and fall.
"Oh yeah, of course (Michigan
is a player for his services). I'll be
back anyway possibly for the spring game if I can make it, I'll be there. And
of course with Raw Talent, we'll be up
there for the 7-7 tournament. And if
they keep staying in my top five by the end of the fall, they're surely getting
one of my official visits."
The Wolverines will also have plenty of time to make up even
more ground, as Grant will take all of his official visits and stretch his
"That's my plan, I'm going to take all five of them."
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