Grant Porter a fast riser

RIALTO, Calif. -- The 2016 class of wide outs is as deep as any recruiting class has ever been in California for more than a decade. Colleges can add Upland wide out and Ground Zero Training protege Grant Porter to the growing list.

Upland (Calif.) junior Grant Porter isn’t just another good looking wide receiver in the class of 2016.

Grant is the son of Trojan track and field alums George and Danielle Porter. In January, Grant was on the campus of USC for his own purposes.

“I knew going in at their junior day they had a good program offensively and defensively just by the guys they send to the pros,” said Porter. “There’s a lot of good things coming out of USC talent wise.

“Going there, they really have good coaches. They greeted me and were nice. I almost felt like I was already going there at the time. We got to walk around the school some and I really liked the environment there.”

With USC recruiting two 6-foot-4 wide outs last year from the junior college ranks, Trojan wide receiver coach Tee Martin didn’t beat around the bush about why he likes Porter during their first meeting.

“He told me they need some speed and I’m the one with the speed coming out of the 2016 class for wide receivers,” said Porter. “He said they would keep looking at me and that he would be out to see me in May.

“I don’t run track for my school, but I do work on my sprinting with my dad who ran hurdles at USC. The last time I ran was a hand time 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. Those were back tobacco 4.40 times.”

At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Porter isn’t a small wide out either. Last season Porter had 23 catches for 366-yards and one score.

“I’d say I have strong hands, I’m shifty and good all around and tracking the ball,” said Porter.

Porter already has scholarship offers from Kansas and Utah, with several other schools hinting that they could follow suit.

“The first offer from Utah was amazing and exciting,” said Porter. “Really, more than anything, it just motivated me to work even hard. I’m still looking to hear more from ASU, Cal, Oregon, USC, UCLA and Washington State.”

While Porter is quite familiar with USC, his trip to the Elite Junior Invite left a lasting impression for one major reason.

“I like their offense,” said Porter. “The speed pro-style offense they run is nice. It doesn’t focus just on one receiver. They spread the ball around and they want to go up tempo with it.”

In general, USC checks many of Porter’s boxes as a potential college.

“I’d like to stay out here in Cali, closer to home,” said Porter. “I’m willing to go to the East Coast if it’s the right fit though. I have family in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma, so I don’t have to stay on the West Coast.”

However, the one school Porter really wants to visit unofficially this summer more than any other is Oregon.

“I want to get up there to check out the facilities,” said Porter. “I also would like to just see them play. The fast tempo of their offense is what I like. I play fast and I want to go to a school where they go fast.”

At this point, Porter is willing to let the recruiting game play out as he likely accumulates more scholarship offers over the next few months. However, if the right school comes along, he may contemplate a commitment before his senior season.

“I want to go through the whole process and wait until signing day, but I would think about (committing) if a big offer came over the summer or something like that,” said Porter. “I really have to wait and see how things play out.” Top Stories