Fla. ATH Grant Talks Top Five Schools

Pasco (Dade City, Fla.) athlete Janarion Grant has five schools on the board and plans of a National Signing Day decision. With official back-to-back official visits set to two of his leaders, Grant discussed the latest in his recruitment and more with FOXSportsNEXT.com.

For Pasco (Dade City, Fla.) athlete Janarion Grant, the next two official visits will be about finding out if any school is a perfect fit for what he wants. Set to visit Houston this weekend and Rutgers Jan. 25, Grant is close to a college decision.

From what Grant has seen from his top five schools – Rutgers, Houston, ECU, Kentucky and FIU – every program has something special to offer.

"I guess I just want to find the best school for everything," Grant said. "I want to get out of [Florida], but I would be OK staying there if it seemed like the best choice. … [I want to] play early at wide receiver and also go somewhere that helps student-athletes in their education and away from football."

When it comes to academics, Grant said he is impressed with what Rutgers offers as a top-10 APR (Academic Progress Rate) program with ties to the New York and Philadelphia job market.

Set for a Jan. 25 official visit, Grant has high expectations.

"I want to see what they're about as a school and how I can be used in the offense and everything," he said. "I want to see the coaches and what they do with their student-athletes on and off the field and how they handle them and how they treat their players."

Rutgers tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins, Grant's recruiter, visited him last week to reaffirm the staff's interest and finalize an official visit.

"Rutgers is far away from home, but they run a good pro-style offense," he said. "It's sort of what I'm looking for, but not all the way, but they said they're going to use me as best as they can. They think I can start there. I want something new and I want to be a wide receiver and punt returner and kick returner. That's where they want me.

"They want to use me in a bunch of different ways, slot [receiver], kick returner, punt returner and we'll see how things go from there."

Conference affiliation and the Rutgers move to the Big Ten are not a factor, Grant said.

"I don't really care about the conference if it's SEC or Sun Belt or ACC," Grant said. "I just want to play."

Grant received visits this week from coaches in all five of his schools. Although Houston and Kentucky are new on the scene, relationships with newly hired assistants at both schools have them firmly in the top five.

Grant will visit Kentucky Feb. 1 as his last visit, but said he will not eliminate any schools until a National Signing Day decision.

"I like all of those schools and could see myself at any of them," Grant said on his top five. "ECU, Houston, Kentucky, Rutgers and FIU. That's who it's down to."

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