Minor Changes Emerge After Visit For Grant

Utah commit Jake Grant talks visit to SLC and a minor change of plans

Arizona offensive lineman Jake Grant is Utah's longest committed prospect, going on close to a year. He's been all Utah, helping push other recruits their way, and consistently pumping out as much love for the the Utes on social media, and building his own UteNation down in the desert with friends and family. Grant finally got a chance to take an official visit to Salt Lake City this weekend, and came away more than impressed, while also altering his plans a bit.

"The visit was unbelievable. I arrived on Friday and we had lunch, saw the business school and the Huntsman Center. Dinner at the stadium was amazing.Everything was great."

The future Utah lineman had one part of the visit that really stood out.

"Snowmobiling was the best part. Being down here in Arizona I really don't get to experience the snow. That was a lot of fun."

Grant also got a chance to hang out with a bunch of the current players and really enjoyed his time with them.

"Nick (Nowakowski) was my host and I liked him a lot. We went over to Jared Norris' house and I got to hang out with guys like Isaac Asiata and J.J. Dielman. It was pretty cool to be hanging out with some of these guys that I've watched on ESPN."

During his visit, the 6-4, 280 pounder was able to talk to some of the other prospects that were visiting, including a few that haven't made commitments.

"Gabe Reid and Britain Covey were there and I tried to nudge them towards Utah, but they're going to do what is best for them. Hopefully that's at Utah."

Now to that change we mentioned earlier might have have turned off some recruits, or maybe even have them run off to another school. Not Jake, who puts team ahead of himself, and is doing so here.

"I talked with the coaches and now I'm going to greyshirt. I'm completely ok with that. I was going to redshirt anyways, so this really just helps out Utah with scholarship numbers. They need tackles right now and I'm an inside guy that is going to play guard or center. It's going to help the team out so that's what I'm going to do."

That greyshirt doesn't mean he's going to be sitting on his butt until next year though as Grant has some options.

"I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet and I have to talk it over with my parents. I can either stay home in Arizona and work and work out and then come to Utah in January 2016, or come to Utah this summer and start training with John Madsen. Cody Barton was telling me how great of a trainer Madsen is."

Regardless of what Grant decides to do, Kyle Whittingham and company have struck gold with a high character kid that is going to put the team ahead of himself.

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