Grant's Coming-Out Party

Rochester (IL) High School receiver Zach Grant has caught the eye of many college coaches with a breakout season, and the senior did not go out quietly. In the IHSA 4A championship game, the 6-foot-1 receiver had 13 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns, his last being the game-winning score. Grant hopes to fulfill another dream, and play college football.

Just prior to the IHSA 4A Championship Game, Rochester (IL) High School receiver Zach Grant was sitting in the locker room at Memorial Stadium, imagining himself having a big performance. The Rockets were looking for a repeat in Champaign, and Grant was hoping to end his high school football career with a win.

Grant (6-foot-1, 185) delivered an incredible performance in a thrilling game, helping his team win its second consecutive title.

The senior receiver posted finished with 13 catches, 259 receiving yards, and two touchdowns, including what would be the game-winning 75-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Wes Lunt, an Oklahoma State commit.

"It was unbelievable," Grant said of the game. "It was nice to end it with that kind of a game, getting the trophy, and ending the last game with all my best friends. With me and Wes (Lunt), the way we played together, that was really nice to end my senior season and my career like that."

Grant was motivated to bring Rochester High School another championship, and his breakout performance did just that.

"I would have been devastated if I didn't do my thing and show everybody what I can do," said Grant. "In my last high school game, the fans were going nuts. It was unreal."

The state championship game was a special way to cap off a great season for Grant, who made vast improvements in his game, especially one thing in particular.

"During the summer and the season, we ran a lot of routes and I worked on my footwork a lot," Grant said. "That's one party of my game that I improved."

Grant has attracted interest from a number of colleges—especially in recent weeks—but is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.

Earlier in November, Grant sent out a copy of highlight tape from part of his senior season, mailing that to a number of schools, including Northwestern. Rochester's extended playoff run gave Grant some additional tape to send out, which showcases a few of his career best performances. He plans to send out more copies of his highlights on Monday.

In June, Grant first visited Northwestern's campus with his Rochester teammates, as they took part in a 7-on-7 tournament in Evanston. He grew to love the area and campus.

"I love Northwestern," said Grant. "Being that close to home, living in Chicago, it would be awesome. I like the facilities a lot. I really like it out there."

Grant remembers watching former Wildcat receiver Eric Peterman play during his college career. Grant looks up to Peterman, who played for Rochester's archrival, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.

"I always look at Eric Peterman, he's kind of been a role model," said Grant. "He kind of boosts my confidence knowing he played there."

Grant is looking for the opportunity to play college football, and accomplish another lifelong goal.

"My dream is to play college football," said Grant. "I've already had one of my dreams fulfilled, that' was winning a state championship—two, instead of one. Now I want to play big-time football."


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