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
“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
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
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
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
Porter not commiting, yet
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