Porter not commiting, yet

While Rancho Cucamonga is Ground Zero for college commitments Monday night, one player among the passing league team will not be making any announcements.

Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Grant Porter is biding his time waiting for the right opportunity.

While several of his peers are committing left and right to various colleges, Porter wants to use the May Evaluation Period to capitalize of his options. Two weeks ago, he made his camp debut at The Opening Los Angeles.

“The camp was a great experience, to be honest,” said Porter. “There were a lot of great athletes there and it showed me where I stand and what I need to get better at.

“I learned a lot of the techniques of getting by corners and beating coverages. I saw a lot and the competition was great, so it was a good experience.”

While Porter didn’t get much notable publicity from the camp, several schools heard enough about his performance to turn up the dial on his recruitment in recent weeks.

“ASU and UCLA are showing a lot of interest right now,” said Porter. “They’re supposed to be coming out to see me at practice pretty soon. They might be the next schools to offer.”

Porter has been in contact with USC since attending the Trojans Elite Junior Invite in January. More recently, he made it to campus to watch the Trojans participate in spring practices.

“I actually spoke with Tee Martin earlier today,” said Porter. “He just said he was excited to be recruiting me and that he can’t wait to come out and see me practice this spring.

“He said I have something which a lot of guys don’t have, which is speed. He thinks that when he comes down to see me that an offer will come sooner or later. Coach Martin is really the guy that I’ve been talking with the most throughout.”

But USC is a distinct second to Washington State when it comes to who is recruiting porter the hardest.

“Coach (Graham) Harrell, the wide receiver coach at Washington State, is recruiting me the hardest - most definitely,” said Porter. “We talk almost every week and we always talk about their offense and how much they throw the ball.

“My former quarterback from Upland is up there, Tyler Hilinski, so we talk about how that offense would be a great fit for me. They send me a lot of hand written letters and hit me up on Twitter a lot too.”

Porter did get to see USC’s offense in person in spring ball, which was his first time seeing the football team up close.

“I like the scheme and how they practice,” said Porter. “I like how they organize practice and how their receivers went one-on-one and competed. It was nice.

“There were a lot of different things I saw that I’ve never seen before. The receivers ran routes that you don’t see in high school. It showed me there are more differences in high school and college that I thought.”

For the past few months, the USC coaching staff has preached to Porter that speed at wide receiver is a missing attribute in their offense. While Porter knows college coaches are apt to tell him what he wants to hear, he saw the Trojans receiving corps for himself.

“I evaluated their receivers, and most of them are just big,” said Porter. “They’re big and powerful, but they don’t have much speed overall.”

Monday night, several of Porter’s teammates from his seven-on-seven squad, Ground Zero, will be making commitments. While Porter is fine with growing his list of college options, he can see himself making a commitment before his senior season begins.

“I’ll probably commit before I put pads on,” said Porter. “That’s the goal at least. I have to weigh my options and see what happens over the summer.”

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