Grant hopes to be the one

Ohio tight end Sam Grant made the trip to South Bend for Notre Dame's Junior Day on Saturday. He spoke with Irish Eyes about his trip and why he hopes to be the chosen one at his position when all is said and done.

There is a lot to like about Sam Grant the football player. At 6-foot-6, 230-pounds, he has a great frame and plays at one of the top high school programs in the country in Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward High School. However, he now knows where all tight ends stand with the Irish.

"It was a good, but typical Junior Day," Grant said by phone on Sunday. They showed us the weight room, showed us a nice video, and gave us a great tour. I was blown away going into the game day locker room. Just to stand there with all the tradition was very impressive."

One thing Sam learned about was the direction the Irish are headed with the tight end position.

Coach Denbrock told us Notre Dame was only going to take one tight end in this class and that no tight ends have been offered as they plan to be very picky about the ones they will offer."

During his visit, Sam was joined by two other tight ends with hopes for the same results of earning an offer. However, his interest in Notre Dame is strong not only because of the Irish football program, but also because of the school as a whole.

"Notre Dame is a Holy Cross school just like St. Edwards is. I am interested in Notre Dame with all their tradition and the direction Coach Kelly has the program headed. Coach Kelly has the program headed in the same direction we had here at St. Edwards. He stressed the goal for this season was to win a National Championship, our goal this past season was to win a State Championship. I know both can be done as we won our championship after a rough year much like Notre Dame had this past season."

Because of that championship, Sam is just starting to pick up the interest many feel he deserves.

"The recruiting process has been fun so far. I got a late start because we had a 15 game season; however, so far it has been good as I have four scholarship offers."

Those offers are from Michigan, Syracuse, Toledo, and Boston College.

As for any timeline given by the Irish staff and how he would rate the visit overall, Sam was positive about both.

"Coach Denbrock said he wanted to get it out earlier than later, however, he was going to look at a lot of film and be real picky before making any offer. Overall, I would give my trip an "A" as it was very well organized and the coaches are all classy people."

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