Grant Talks USC Sanctions & PSU Visit

Five-star cornerback recruit Doran Grant enjoyed his recent string of visits and is planning more in the weeks ahead.

Five-star cornerback prospect Doran Grant just finished up a two-week swing that took him from the East Coast to the West Coast and then back home to Akron, Ohio. Grant, one of the most highly recruited players in the nation and the second-best cornerback prospect according to, said that he had the opportunity visit West Virginia, UCLA and USC among a number of top programs. With more visits ahead, including a trip to Michigan this week for a 7-on-7 tournament, Grant will see nearly all of his top offers by the end of the summer.

Grant said that he plans to visit a number of Big Ten schools before August, including Michigan State and Penn State. Another recruiting service had his interest in the Nittany Lions listed as low, something Grant denied.

"That's not true at all," Grant said. "I don't know why they did that but it's nothing I ever said or did. I never said that I was low on Penn State – ever."

According to the player, he talks with a member of the Penn State staff nearly once a day, usually via email. He said that Penn State is in solid communication with him and always answering his questions and checking in to see how he's doing. All told, Grant said that "Penn State is in the mix," a good sign for the school since he doesn't have any leaders right now.

"I plan on taking a visit out there along with some other schools this summer. I've been there twice, most recently for a Nike camp," Grant said. "It's a nice place and they have great facilities, but I want to learn more about them."

Academics are first and foremost for the player, who said that location doesn't matter much to him. In addition, he'd like a "strong program with tradition and stability among the coaching staff." Grant said that there is no timetable for his decision but he will most likely narrow the list by the end of summer and will take at least a couple official visits before announcing any decision.

On the West Coast part of his trip, Grant said he most enjoyed going against the top talent at the UCLA 7 on 7 event. He also spent time on the campus at USC, which he said he really liked. Part of the trip was spent talking with new USC head coach Lane Kiffin; recruit and coach openly talked about the sanctions handed down by the NCAA on the program.

"He was very honest and open, telling me what the real deal is," Grant said. "He said they can still win the Pac-10, they can still win an A.P. championship, they just can't win a BCS championship. But I can still get that national championship."

Grant said he's weighing everything he saw and experienced on the trip, including the USC visit and the talk with Kiffin.

"I didn't know as much about the schools I recently visited as I did about some of the other programs near here," Grant said. "I need to look and weigh everything and see what is right for me."

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