JUCO Linebacker Eyes Ohio State

There has been plenty of talk over the past couple of days about the possibility of Ohio State landing five-star JUCO linebacker Larry Grant of CC of San Francisco. Grant previously committed to Florida and was hoping to have signed with the Gators by now, but he lacked one class required to meet SEC requirements. Could Florida's loss become Ohio State's gain?

Linebacker Larry Grant of CC of San Francisco thought he had his recruitment over with. Grant committed to Florida in late November and hoped to sign with the Gators in January, but things did not work out with his academic qualifications.

"I had committed to Florida, but I needed a college level algebra math to play in the SEC," Grant said.

Grant (6-2, 225, 4.5) was the California JUCO defensive player of the year. He signed with Murray State out of high school.

"I grew up in California but spent my last three high school years in Georgia," Grant said. "I played OLB and RB in high school. I committed to Murray St. in Kentucky coming out of high school."

Grant did not qualify, however, and decided to make the shift to a junior college on the advice of his brother, who suggested Grant head back to California.

"He knew about some of the schools out there and thought it would be a good fit for me," Grant told Buffalo Sports News (Colorado). "I am originally from California, so it was an easy decision."

Despite being a running back in high school, Grant was moved to defense upon his arrival at CC of San Francisco and has stayed there ever since. He plans on continuing there wherever he winds up.

"Ohio State is recruiting me as an outside linebacker," Grant said. "They lost all their linebackers, so there is an opportunity for me."

Grant hopes to take an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Ohio State has Grant's academic paperwork and is waiting to hear back from Ohio State on the visit. OSU's academic offices are closed today for the holiday.

"They have my transcript right now," Grant said. "If everything works out, I take a visit this weekend."

Grant has been keeping touch with OSU assistant Luke Fickell.

"Coach Fickell has been recruiting me," Grant said. "Last time we spoke was last Friday."

As it turns out, Grant could be Ohio State's for the taking if the Buckeyes are able to work things out.

"My only visit left is just Ohio State," Grant said. "I have been to Tennessee, Texas A&M and Florida. If everything goes well I will commit. I will enroll in spring."

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