Michael Grant May Be Headed to Arkansas

Proving once again that recruiting is a 365-day a year season, one of most coveted members of the Class of 2004 is once again looking at colleges.

Michael Grant, an athlete/cornerback, from Stone Mountain, Ga., was a prospect the Vols pursued heavily last season before he eventually committed to Georgia late in the process. However the UGA Faculty Admission's Commission recently denied Grant's application for admission due to an unspecified incident from his sophomore year at South Gwinnett High School.

He was expelled from Gwinnett after the incident and transferred to Stephenson High School after where he maintained a 3.0 grade-point average as well as scoring a 1080 on his SAT.

Now Grant is a free to pursue any other offers that might be out there and there figure to be plenty. Besides the Vols and Bulldogs, Miami, Florida and Arkansas were schools that competed for Grant's services and the Razorbacks appear to have emerged as favorites to pick up his signature. Grant is a attracted by the quality of Arkansas' track program and the success Atlanta area athlete Ahmad "Batman" Carroll had as a two-sport star in Fayetteville.

An accomplished sprinter, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Grant runs a 4.31 time in the 40 and turned a sizzling 10.4 in the 100 meters this spring. He was rated one of the nation's top ten prospects at his position.

"Most schools you don't really see it," Grant said about competing in both sports in a story published by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "But at Arkansas you could see it Ahmad Carroll and Lawrence Richardson. They did both and did it good. You want to go to a school that has that kind of bond between both programs."

Grant had an official visit set for Arkansas on Jan. 30 but canceled it after committing to Georgia.

"It's unfortunate Georgia wasn't willing to give him a second chance." said Stephenson Coach Ron Gartrell. "Michael is a good kid who did everything we asked of him. It's not a disaster, though, Michael is still going to get to run track and play football in the SEC."

Any transfer Grant makes within the Southeastern Conference would have to be approved by the SEC office.

"Michael is a tremendous talent and is a great young man," Gartrell said. "He could play wide receiver, running back, safety or corner on the college level. He's one of the most electrifying players I've ever seen."

Although it doesn't presently appear Grant will end up at Tennessee, it's some consolation to UT fans that he won't be playing for Georgia.

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