As much of the recruiting focus shifts to the rising seniors in the class of 2009, the players that signed with NC State last February are just weeks away from arriving in Raleigh. Pack Pride will catch up with several of the signees over the next several weeks to see what they’ve been up to since signing day as well as their plans once their career with the Pack begins. Today we check in with CB Gary Grant from Krop High School in Miami, Fla.
Grant proved to be one of the hidden jewels in south Florida and a player that NC State was able to jump on early. That loyalty paid off when Grant committed to the Pack despite intense recruiting heat from several schools.
As a senior Grant tallied 43 tackles and three interceptions.
Pack Pride: Gary, what have you been up to since the end of football season?
“I’ve been running track. We just came from states about two weeks ago. We did alright and came in fifth place. I run in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 relay. My best time this year in the 100 (meter dash) was 10.4.”
Pack Pride: Have you been able to start back working out to get ready for football next season?
“I started the workout program that the coaches sent me right after track season ended so I’m on their workout plan right now. I’ve been hitting the weights and getting my conditioning in just to try to get everything good.”
Pack Pride: When are you scheduled to arrive at NC State?
Pack Pride: What do you think the future holds for NC State football?
“I think we’re going to be doing big things. I really think we’re going to be doing big things and I believe we can win an ACC championship, if not this year then maybe next.”
Pack Pride: Are you going into your freshman season with the mindset that you’ll be seeing the field?
“I feel like I can come in and play. If everything goes how I like it and I’m working hard then I think I can come in and play.”
Pack Pride: Were you glad when you were able to finally get the recruiting process behind you?
“I was glad there was no more phone calls from coaches. It gave me some time to relax. In January a lot of coaches were coming by just asking if I was really committed to State, if I was behind my commitment 100%. They were basically just trying to get me to decommit to go to their school. They were telling me all this stuff but I really wasn’t trying to hear that garbage they were telling me.”
Pack Pride: Had you not chosen NC State, who would your next choice have been?
“After NC State it probably would have been Miami. They were coming on me and said all I had to do was give them my highlight tape and they would give me an offer. So they were pretty serious.”
Scouting Report: "You'll have to forgive Gary Grant for not having a lot of senior highlights. The fact is, teams simply didn't want to test the standout corner.
"However, from a talent standpoint, he brings all the attributes you're looking for in a future corner starting with his size. At 6-0, 190 pounds, Grant is larger than most high school corners. You also have to be impressed with Grant's hips. He does a great job of playing on a swivel and turning to run with the ball carrier. Time and again you watch Grant cover receivers like a blanket and it comes from a combination of his back pedal, change of direction, quickness and recovery speed.
"There's a reason Miami came hard after Grant and he certainly has the potential to be a good one for NC State down the road." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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