Grant: 'They Wanted Me Bad'

Miami (FL) Dr. Krop cornerback Gary Grant nearly fell through the cracks... but a friend helped him earn a college scholarship.

"Recruiting all started for me because of my teammate, Etienne Sabino," Gary Grant told Pack Pride. "His mentor actually helped me out with getting a scholarship. He put together some film of mine and sent it out to some colleges for me.

"UNC was on me first and then UCF. North Carolina State came in about a month ago after they got my film. I knew right away they liked me a lot because they came after me hard."

Grant, who checks in at 6-foot and 180 pounds, tallied over 40 tackles and four interceptions during his senior season. His aggression and technique caught the eye of the Wolfpack coaches.

"Coach Archer got my film and he liked it," said Grant. "He came down to my school and met with my defensive coordinator, coach Green, and my head coach, coach Davita. They watched some more of my game film, and he said he liked what he saw.

"Coach Reed then came down the next week and he liked what I could do too. He's a real competitive guy, and I clicked with him. He said they liked my technique, the way I move my feet, and my aggression."

Grant was receiving heavy interest from North Carolina and Central Florida but neither program had sent an official offer.

"I was pretty close to UNC, but then they lost touch with me," said Grant. "I've been talking with coach Blake because he was recruiting Etienne and Travis Howard, but I just felt like I wasn't a top guy for them.

"After they found out State offered, coach Blake said they wanted me to come up for a visit so I could meet Butch Davis and he could offer me. I was going to try and come up for one of their last games but they said it would be better if I came in January. The last time he talked to me was Sunday night, but I hadn't committed then. I don't think he knows I've committed to NC State, but I'm going to call those coaches tomorrow."

Grant received his offer from NC State nearly two weeks ago, but he didn't commit right away. However, a phone call from coach Archer really opened Grant's eyes, as he stated it helped him realize just how much NC State wanted him.

"I was talking with coach Archer this weekend, and he told me that I was the top guy on their cornerback list," said Grant. "He said I was No. 1 on their board. We were talking and it was basically like I was No. 1 on their board and they were at the top of my list. He was saying how they wouldn't take anyone else until I committed, so I thought about it some more and committed today.

"I called the NC State coaches and they were real excited. Coach Archer said he'll be down next Monday at my school and meet with my family. I got to talk with coach Reed and he was saying how much he was ready to work with me. Coach O'Brien was happy too. He wanted to make sure I was 100% with my decision and I told him I was 100%. I'm not going to decommit for anybody."

Grant's family is happy with his decision, as now he will be playing college football in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"They were real excited," he stated. "My dad was real proud of me and so was my mom. They are telling everybody right now that I'm going to be playing football up at NC State.

"My dad was glad I did it because he said they wanted me bad. They sent the official letter. All the others were saying I was offered, but I never saw an official letter. He said if I like NC State to commit to them because they wanted me the most."

Next up for Grant will be a January official to NC State.

"I'm taking my official visit January 18th," he said. "I'll be up there to watch the basketball game when they play Miami.

"I'm ready to get up there. I know a lot of their DB's are from Florida, and I think that's pretty cool."

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