Doran Grant Adding More Offers

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary junior defensive back Doran Grant has continued to add scholarship offers following a successful bus tour with Raw Talent. Grant, one of the top prospects in the Mid-West, is poised to have a great year in 2009. Bill Greene caught up with Grant and filed this report.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary star junior defensive back Doran Grant just completed a grueling month-long bus tour with Raw Talent. The tour had its final workout August 1st at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. As usual, Grant was their top performer.

"The Raw Talent tour has definitely made me a better player," Grant told "I worked on my skills all summer as a defensive back and it really helped. Mark Harris is the director of Raw Talent and he is the best. He is my mentor and he's helped me become a better player and a better person."

The Raw Talent bus tour made stops at several of the leading schools in the country, including Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State. The tour also featured top recruit Latwan Anderson from Cleveland Glenville. Several prospects, including Grant, picked up offers on the tour.

"I received my first offer at Georgia Tech," Grant said. "I went through some drills and did some one-on-one stuff, and then head coach Paul Johnson told me they were offering me a scholarship. Coach Johnson told me I had the skills to play college football anywhere in America. That really boosted my confidence and made me feel like good things were going to happen for me. I love Georgia Tech and will consider them highly."

"The next day we went to Georgia and I was really anxious to show an SEC school what I could do," he continued. "I was ready to go all out and that's what I did. I got a few picks and locked up most of the junior receivers and they moved me up to the elite camp. I got a few more interceptions and covered those guys too. [Head coach] Mark Richt offered me a scholarship right after the camp. At this point my confidence was really high, because now I knew for sure that I would be playing big-time college football some day."

Those first two offers weren't the only scholarship offers Grant would receive. As the tour continued, the offers also continued to come in.

"We went to Cincinnati and they offered as well," he said. "Coach [Charley] Molnar spoke to me last year but said he couldn't do much with me because I was so young. At the camp he said they were now ready to offer me and that was really cool. I feel real comfortable at Cincinnati."

"Then I got offered by Illinois and I knew they would offer me," Grant continued. "I like Illinois a lot. I love the new facilities they have and I feel good around the coaching staff. Coach [Ron] Zook offered me right after the camp. I did well in the drills and ran a great forty time for them, a 4.39 I believe."

"My last offer was from Michigan State," Grant said. "That was kind of a last-minute stop for us. Coach [Pat] Narduzzi told me to be at my best because Coach [Mark] Dantonio was watching me closely, so I was ready to go that day. It was a very intense camp and I did real well. Coach Dantonio came up to me as soon as the camp ended and said he was offering me a scholarship. That was great because I really like Michigan State a lot."

Grant also worked out for Ohio State and Notre Dame as part of the Raw Talent tour and while no offer was extended by either school, they are both extremely interested in this coming star.

"Working out at Notre Dame was great and I like assistant coach Corwin Brown a lot," he said. "I'm waiting on an offer from them and they said they only are waiting on my ACT score. I take that in September and I need to be studying for that in the next month. Once that gets taken care of I'm expecting an offer from Notre Dame.

"Ohio State is a place that has really started showing me more interest in the past month," Grant said. "They had me call the recruiting assistant first, Greg Gillum. Then I spoke to Coach [Taver] Johnson and that was cool. Then I spoke to Coach [Jim] Bollman, so I'm getting to know a lot of their staff. They have all said they liked what I showed in camp and what they've seen on film. They have invited me to the USC game and that is something I can't wait to see. That will be the biggest game in the country and I'm honored to have them invite me to be a part of it. I'm also supposed to set up a time to go to Columbus in the next few weeks to have a meeting with Coach [Jim] Tressel. We start practice this week but I'm going to get that meeting scheduled in the next few days. They told me to expect an offer in September. Ohio State is my favorite school, along with Notre Dame."

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