Elite Corner Will Check Out UCLA

The #2-ranked cornerback in the nation, Doran Grant from Akron, Ohio, has scholarship offers from every major program, and he's been on the road checking out campuses. He talked about coming west and seeing UCLA...


Doran Grant, the 5-foot-10, 177-pound five-star cornerback from St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, once admitted to having a top seven, but has now decided to open his recruiting back up.

"I'm even with everyone," Grant said. "By the end of summer I should have a top five, but right now I'm open."

"I'd also like to play as a true freshman," he said. "And I want to play at defensive back and not just special teams.

"Finally, I'd like the school to have a good athletic atmosphere," he said.

Scout.com's No. 2 cornerback in the country plans on attending several camps this summer. In fact, he's currently on the Raw Talent Sports Tour and has already camped at North Carolina on June 11, East Carolina on June 12 and West Virginia on June 15.

"I loved the stadium at West Virginia," he said. "It was very cool there. The coaches seem very focused. They really want you to be perfect and work real hard."

He says he also liked the coaches at North Carolina. "They were real nice," he said. "They're really all about football there too. I didn't realize how important football was at North Carolina. Their football facilities are separate from all the other sports, so you can really just focus on football."

Later today (June 16), Grant will be participating in the Cincinnati camp.

Next week, the tour will head to the West Coast for stops at California, USC and UCLA. Grant says he has offers from all the schools mentioned above.

"I've heard the campus was amazing at UCLA," he said about the Bruins. "I'm very excited to check them out. I guess it's close to the beach too and they play all their games in the Rose Bowl – that's their stadium!"

While in Los Angeles Grant will also be visiting the Bruins' cross-town rival, USC. Although he plans on visiting the Trojans, he admits USC is a longshot for his services. "It's hard to imagine myself being a Trojan," he said. "They got a two year bowl ban and one of my goals is to make a name for myself right away and play early."

"But USC is still USC," he said. "My feeling is that the program is still the same. They're still great, but it's (the NCAA sanctions) one of those things I can't ignore. I need to go there and talk to the coaches and see what they say."

Another Pac-10 school that Grant will be visiting is California. "They have great academics," he said. "It's one of the best public universities in the country."

After his West Coast swing, Grant will be back in the Midwest and will visit Michigan and Ohio State again.

"Michigan is a big time program, but it's gonna take time for coach Rich Rodriguez to get things going," he said. "They started out good last year and then I don't know what happened. I think they'll be pretty solid this year and do well."

Some of the other schools that Grant says he has offers from are Oklahoma, Arizona, Boston College, Michigan State, Penn State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Akron, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and others (27 total).

Grant says that Alabama has also been showing him a lot of interest recently and believes the Tide may also offer.

He reports a 2.8 core GPA and 17 ACT, which he plans on retaking.


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