New offer, travel plans for Granier

The month of March was good to Bailey Granier, who added nearly double-digit offers in the period. Another one came down on Friday while visiting Southern Miss, and it's helped him with perspective in recruiting. The three-star breaks it down and details his visit plans going forward inside.

It was another visit, another offer for Bailey Granier on Friday. He took in practice at Southern Miss and the seemingly inevitable happened shortly after his arrival.

And when Todd Monken sat him down, the next step was clear.

"I watched practice, we took a tour around the school, around the training facilities and stuff like that," he recalled. "Then he (Monken) wanted to speak with me after everything was over. I pretty much knew what was happening.

"He said we're offering you a full scholarship, and we want you to be here."

It's the seventh extension for the Galliano (La.) South Lafourche rising senior, who understands the commitment each coach is explaining each time the word "offer" is uttered.

"I always am surprised and grateful because they're basically saying we're going to invest a large sum of money into you," he explained. "To get everything for you, with tuition and equipment and all that…they want me to play for them for such a large sum of money it's an honor."

The three-star offensive tackle's visit to Hattiesburg was considered a success overall, in addition to picking up the offer.

"I really liked the school," he admitted. "It's a beautiful school; it was still nice even though a tornado had passed through the front of the school. I liked the coaches, they seem pretty cool."

"Especially Coach Monken," Granier continued. "He's a down to earth person with his priorities set. He had one guy (player) who's grandma passed away, and he wasn't at spring practice. The priority was for him to be with his family, which Monken wanted.

"That impressed me; it was a connection because family is important to me."

Southern Miss is "in the mix" at this point, but offers from the nation's elite like Alabama and company are emerging at the same time.

"Vanderbilt stands out; it's a great team and a great school," said the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder. "I want to talk about Mississippi State and Alabama, too. I like those schools, the SEC schools are shining. I'm starting to favor them a little bit.

"But I'm giving every team an open shot to impress me and show me the happiest place to be. I don't want to rule anybody out; they want to invest in me like these other schools do. It's a big deal."

While the offers are coming in at various times, the time in which he will sit down and begin to really narrow things draws near.

"After spring football, when all the coaches come in, that's when we can really start thinking about where I want to go," Granier admitted. "Spring football is going to be over at the end of May."

The hottest prospect in the state of Louisiana will take the next step in the process over the next two weeks. He has tentative visits scheduled Vanderbilt's spring game on April 13, Alabama's' on April 20 before visiting Mississippi State later on that same day.

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