D.J. Grant: Big Surprise

ORLANDO -- It didn't take long for D.J. Grant to make a name for himself in Orlando. With highly touted wide receivers like Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Aldarius Johnson in attendance, Grant set out to prove he belonged in such prestigious company and has been one of the biggest surprises. He talked about his experience this week at the Under Armour All-America Game.

"It's been good," Derrick Grant said. "It's been fun. I've met a lot of people."

The coaches in Orlando haven't tried to change anything specific in anyone's game, but Grant does feel like his route running has improved throughout the week.

"They told us when we got down here that they weren't trying to change the things that we already know. They mainly just wanted us to learn the plays. They are not going to mess with the ways we run our routes and stuff," Grant said.

Grant has been one of the most impressive receivers in attendance this week. He isn't quite as explosive or flashy as some of the other receivers, but he gets the job done. What can Texas fans expect from Grant in tomorrows game?

"A lot of hard work, catching the ball, making plays after the catch," Grant said. "They will be able to see a lot of my speed and my blocking skills."

Grant is the latest Texas Longhorn commit and Coach Bobby Kennedy checked up on him earlier in the week to make sure that he was getting to know some of his future teammates.

"I was talking to Coach Kennedy. He called me the other day and told me to make sure I meet everybody, to make sure I find them, get to know them and talk to them. I think one of them might be my roommate when we start in the spring," Grant said.

Grant and Antoine Hicks have been practicing together at wide receiver all week for the White team and both will likely be coming off the bench in tomorrow's game. Grant talked about his relationship with Hicks.

"Oh, he is a great person," Grant said. "He is easy to get along with. He is funny. I really like the man a lot."

Grant isn't going to graduate early. In fact, he has been goals for his senior track season.

"I'm going to finish up because I want to run track this year. I feel like we can win state in track and I want to play a little basketball," Grant said.


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