Grant Still Attracting Recruiting Attention

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary junior defensive back Doran Grant has put together one of the top offer lists of any prospect in the 2011 Ohio class. Bill Greene caught up with this young star and filed this report.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary junior Doran Grant just might end up being the top-rated prospect in the 2011 Ohio class. Grant had an amazing year in 2009, leading his team into the state playoffs, before falling to Poland.

"Things went pretty good for us this year, but I wish we could have went longer into the playoffs," Grant said. "I think we're going to be really good next year, so hopefully we will learn from this and get better."

As one of the top-rated junior defensive backs in the country, Grant is garnering a tremendous amount of recruiting attention.

"Recruiting has gone unbelievably well for me," he stated. "I have offers from 14 schools right now. I have Ohio State, Michigan, Pitt, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as a lot of other great schools. I'm not ready to narrow down my list at all, and I haven't eliminated anyone from consideration."

Grant has taken several unofficial visits this fall as he attempts to learn as much as he can about the schools recruiting him. His last trip took him to Ann Arbor to check out the Ohio State-Michigan game this past weekend.

"I've been to games at Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan and Notre Dame this year," he admitted. "I'm really trying to get to know as much as I can about each school so I can make the right decision. That's why I try to go somewhere just about every weekend."

Grant spoke about some of the places he's visited and what he liked best about each place.

"The Ohio State game against USC was unbelievable, and so was the Notre Dame game against USC," Grant said. "I have to say those were the two most impressive experiences I've had."

Grant, 5-10 and 175 pounds, has no set timetable for making a final decision, and has not yet begun the process of trying to eliminate schools from consideration.

"I really don't know when I'd make my decision at all," he stressed. "I'm in no hurry at all to get things done. I will probably go to a lot of camps next year again. I'm going back on the Raw Talent Bus Tour. This year we are going to places like Oregon, USC and Oklahoma. I have a lot of fun competing against the best players in the country. I know if I can cover the best receivers in the country in camps, that I can do the same thing out on the football field. The camps and combines gave me a lot of confidence in my ability. When I ran that 4.35 40-yard time at your Scout combine in Pittsburgh it seemed to open some people's eyes to me.

"I really like all the schools that have offered me and I'm hoping to add more offers in the next year," he added. "I'm more worried on getting better as a player over the next year. The recruiting stuff will take care of itself. I don't want to name a favorite list at this time, or cut somebody off my list at all. After the first of the year my plan is to possibly narrow things down a little and concentrate on a certain number of schools, rather than all that have offered me. I just want to enjoy the recruiting process and be fair to every school."

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