Only three offers went out at Utah's 2013 elite camp and Jake Grant nabbed one of them. The 2015 offensive line prospect out of Arizona made the trip up North to Salt Lake for the camp, and it was worth it.
"To sum it up, hard work pays off. I've really been working hard in the weight room and working on my feet and my speed. Finally getting the offer brought some relief."
At 6-4 255 pounds, Grant overpowered opposing linemen using his big frame that looks like it could still hold quite a bit more weight and will help him grow into a dominant offensive lineman.
"I'm projected to play guard, but I'll play anywhere my team wants me to play, as long as it benefits the team."
The Utah offer meant a lot to Grant and put the Utes near the top of his list early in the process.
"I really like Ute football and the Salt Lake area. I'm really excited. It was a great first experience. The stadium was awesome. I'm looking forward to coming to a game this fall to see the gameday atmosphere."
With Utah showing their commitment to Grant, the Utes jumped to the top of his list.
"I'd say Utah is number 1 right now. Coach Finn and I really hit it off and I really like the way he coaches. There's just a big feeling of family and it really felt like a home away from home. I saw that, but I also felt it. My dad felt the same way."
Grant's offer from Utah won't be his last, as quite a few schools came by for looks in the spring, and more are surely to follow.
"During spring ball around 10 schools came and saw me. Arizona State, Arizona, Notre Dame, Bosie State, Air Force, Northern Arizona, Utah, Army, BYU, Michigan State, Colorado all came by."
Cultivating strong coachign relationships, which he was able to do at Utah, is going to be a huge part of the process for Grant, and will weigh heavily in his future decision.
"The most important things are coaching and academics. Coaching relationships are important to me and I really enjoyed being taught up by Coach Finn. Academics are the most important thing though. Utah has a great graduation rate as well. Coach Whittingham said they graduated all of their seniors last year."
Not wanting to rush into a decision, the junior to be won't be deciding on where he'll play football in college for quite awhile.
"I probably won't decide until sometime around my senior year. I might make it in the summer before my senior year, but I want to take my visits and see what other schools have to offer. I'd like to visit Notre Dame and check out the midwest and maybe USC and UCLA."
Grant Lands Offer at Utah Elite Camp
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