Grant Emerging as a Major Target

Patrick Grant loves the recruiting game. As offers continue to pour in, the Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson standout defensive end has another camp scheduled and is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I went to the Auburn camp, and I'm suppose to go to the Colorado camp July 27 to the 29th," Patrick Grant told Pack Pride. "I was born in Connecticut, but I've only been to about three states my whole life so I want to get out and see some other states.

"I was suppose to go to the Rutgers camp, but I don't think I'm going to be able to go to that one."

The talented pass rusher finished his junior season with 48 tackles, 12 sacks, and two caused fumbles. Grant showcased his athleticism at the Boca Raton Combine where he ripped off a 4.68 40-yard time, faster than any defensive linemen and all linebackers except for one. He also posted a 4.31 shuttle and a 34.2 inch vertical jump.

He measured in at 6-foot-4 and 186 pounds, down nearly 30 pounds from his playing weight as a junior. Grant stated that he has already put back on much of the weight he lost during track season, as he is also one of the state's top 400 meter sprinters.

"I had fun at the Scout combine," said Grant. "At Scout I came right out of track and was around 189 pounds, but now I'm back up to 210 pounds. My coaches told me not to try and put the weight back on too fast, but just as long as I'm ready by the end of the season.

"I did good at that camp, and I did really good at the Auburn camp. I ran the fastest 40 time there, a 4.56, the fastest shuttle, a 4.26, and I had the highest vertical jump too. That helped me get the offer in from them."

Although he likes attending various college camps, Grant understands that the pressure could be there to make an early decision. Don't expect him to do that.

"My parents told me when I go to these camps to not commit or do anything without their permission," he said. "They know the recruiting process, and they want me to make a smart decision. I'm not going to do anything for a while. I'm just a junior, why do I need to pick my school this early?"

Grant has already secured written offers from NC State, Indiana, Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Auburn, Colorado, and Rutgers among others.

"My junior year at defensive end, the stats that I put up grabbed a lot of college's attention," said Grant. "I worked real hard last season to try and get all of that attention and it worked.

"NC State, Minnesota, Indiana, Auburn and Colorado are probably recruiting me the hardest. It's hard because they all are texting me all the time, but it shows that they want me."

One school that has really impressed Grant is NC State. As a defensive end, he is already attracted to the Wolfpack program because of the success NC State had putting two in the NFL just a few months ago, but defensive line coach Todd Stroud is also a factor for Grant.

"NC State is recruiting me real hard," said Grant. "Both of their defensive ends left and went high in the draft. I think that would be a good fit for me, and I really like coach Stroud.

"Coach Stroud saw my highlight tape, and he loved it," he added. "He was telling me to keep my head in the books and stay focused. He's a cool guy... that's a funny dude. I like him a lot, and we keep in touch. He'll text me, and I'll call him because he could only make one call."

With a big senior season, Grant is going to attract even more scholarship offers. As it stands now, three schools remain out front, and he is in no hurry to make a decision.

"My top three right now is probably NC State, Minnesota, and Colorado," he stated. "I probably want to decide after my season. Hopefully that is a long ways from now after we do good in states."

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