Grant Considering UNC Visit

Doran Grant is still attempting to narrow his list of schools under consideration to five. That quintet will receive an official visit from the five-star cornerback.

"I'm trying to get it [narrowed down] as soon as possible, but it's hard," Grant said. "[I'll begin taking official visits] probably close to the end of the year and after the season. I don't have any visits scheduled, yet."

Grant, a 5-foot-10, 169-pounder from Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary, is currently mulling over a list of eight schools – Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, and USC.

"That's the hard thing about it – [those schools] are all good programs," Grant said. "[They have] good coaching staffs, they're all going to give me an opportunity to play as a freshman, [and] they play big time football. That's what's making it harder.

"I'm trying to look at the little things to help me make my decision – basically how the team is ran, the type of schemes [used], the level of competition I'm going to go against everyday in practice, [and] how they're able to prepare me for the next level."

Grant has made some progress. He has cleared Michigan State and Ohio State to make the cut to five, because of his relationship with both coaching staffs and his familiarity with the campuses.

"I love going to those places and I feel like home every time I go to those places," Grant said.

This season, Grant has attended games at both schools. He was in Columbus for the Ohio State-Miami nationally television contest and East Lansing for the Michigan State-Notre Dame overtime thriller.

Grant's father, Ted Jones, played wide receiver at Michigan State in the early 1980s. Grant says that will basically have no affect on his recruitment.

"My dad playing at Michigan State has nothing to do with me liking Michigan State," Grant said. "It's a completely different program than what it was when he was there… I just like the coaches and I feel comfortable there."

Grant actually grew up a Miami fan.

"There's a lot of Hurricane fans up here [in Ohio]," Grant said. "But, I haven't been a fan of a college football team [since] after my freshman year.

"[During the 2002 national championship game], I was the only one in orange and green. Everyone else was in scarlet and gray. I was only eight then."

Grant has also developed a strong relationship with UNC assistant coaches Troy Douglas and Everett Withers. Grant speaks to them weekly.

"We talk about me coming in as a freshman and getting on the field at defensive back and not just special teams, how Coach Butch [Davis] could get me to the NFL and they can get me to the NFL because they run a pro style scheme," Grant said.

In early June, Grant made his first and only visit to UNC for the Tar Heels' camp. Without that visit, he doesn't believe he'd even be considering UNC right now.

"I got down there to the campus and I loved it," Grant said. "I loved the atmosphere there, [and] I loved the coaches and how they act with their players. [That visit] really turned me on to North Carolina and put them in my top eight. That was a big visit right there – that helped them out a lot."

Although he is primarily being projected as a cornerback, some schools are recruiting Grant as an athlete.

"I want to play corner, but I don't mind getting on the field at punt return or kick return, or possibly wide receiver," Grant said.

Grant is a lockdown cornerback for St. Vincent-St. Mary, which is 4-1 thus far this season. Offensively, he started the first game at running back, but was moved to quarterback for two games, and now is starting at wide receiver. He's also the kickoff and punt returner.

"Offensively, it hasn't been too stable, but I think I'm going to stay at receiver," Grant said. "I like to get the ball in space and make stuff happen."

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