Recruiting: DeMarcus Granger Looks to Narrow List

Schools from coast-to-coast have been in hot pursuit of Dallas product DeMarcus Granger, and for good reason.

The 6-2.5, 318 pound defensive tackle is the fourth-rated prospect in Texas and No. 2 at his position in the latest national rankings put out by

Those lofty ratings are well-deserved based on Granger's performance not only on the gridiron but also in the classroom.

The Dallas Morning News voted him its Defensive Player of the Year last season as a junior after he posted 68 tackles, 17 sacks and forced 11 fumbles. Throw in the fact he is academically qualified and could possibly graduate at mid-term, then one has to wonder why there are actually a few schools out there that have not given him a scholarship offer.

"You name them and they probably offered," said Granger. "The schools that stay in contact the most and that stand out are LSU, Oklahoma (camp), Texas and Oklahoma State. They are all even right now but I plan on narrowing all of the schools down to five or seven by the end of the month."

Some of the other schools that have the best shot at making the cut when the Kimball High School standout trims his list are Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Miami.

For some time now Granger has mentioned Texas and LSU almost in the same breath and some wonder if this battle is going to go down to the wire between the Horns and the Bayou Bengals.

Texas has made Granger one of its top priorities for the Class of 2005 because the idea of having him line up next to incoming freshman Franklin Okam for possibly three years puts a smile on the faces of the Texas coaching staff.

"I get hand-written letters just about every day from somebody different on the (Texas) staff," Granger said. "I guess I have talked to coach Brown more than anyone else. I have met him and talked with him in person twice and he seems pretty cool."

Aside from having a good relationship with the coaches Granger sees plenty of things he likes in Austin that will help prepare him for the future.

"Texas is a good D-I school with good academic support and the facilities are real nice," he said. "They have a good defensive tackles coach (Mike Tolleson). I know he has put a lot of defensive tackles in the league."

Unlike most prospects these days, Granger spent the majority of his summer at home preparing for his senior season, but he did make a one day camp at UT and he also went to an LSU camp for a few days.

"I have been to previous camps and nobody works you as hard as they did at LSU," he said. "What surprised me was coach Saban was there every day and all day even for two-a-days. At other camps in the past coaches would take a group picture and then leave."

LSU coach Nick Saban and Granger got to spend quite a bit of time together on his unofficial visit and he will play a key role if the Tigers are to land the standout tackle.

"Coach Saban is the main reason I got turned on to LSU," Granger said. "Before they won the national championship we talked for a while and it was real. He told me straight up I would come in and probably not start as a freshman because of the upperclassmen. He was truthful and I respect that. Some coaches tell you what you want to hear but not him."

Since Granger plans on narrowing his choices down to only a handful of schools, does he have an idea on where he wants to take some of his official visits?

"I know I want to go to LSU, Oklahoma and Texas but after that I do not know," he said.

If that happens, he will make the coaches in Baton Rouge, Norman and Austin very happy.

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