Football recruiting: Network news

A look at the recent Hot News items you may have missed covering defensive line prospect Uriah Grant, wide receiver David Gilreath, offensive lineman Grant Garner, tight end Harold Turnage and cornerback Moses Jenkins.

Uriah Grant: DL looks impressive at camp

There were more than 400 campers at the first session of the Down & Dirty Linemen Camp held in Florida this past weekend and one of the best players on the field was Uriah Grant. The Everglades standout, 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds, isn't the biggest kid out there but he's got a big-time motor.

The talented senior was beating people all day long because of his quick takeoff and impressive moves. Whether it was in pass rushing drills or on the 1-on-1 board drills, Grant was winning nearly all of his battles. The only two players who came even close to slowing him down were the Pouncey twins (James and LaShawn) from Lakeland. They won some and Grant won some. Regardless, Grant proved that he's clearly one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state.

On the recruiting front, Grant has more than a dozen scholarship offers and he talked about the latest.

"My last offer came from N.C. State," Grant said. "I still like South Carolina a lot right now. It's looking good for them right now. I also like Wisconsin a lot. My top (four) are those (two) plus N.C. State and probably Minnesota."

—Mike Bakas,

David Gilreath: Two hats on the table

Wide receiver David Gilreath (5-11, 165, 4.45) from Plymouth (Minn.) Robbinsdale Armstrong finished his junior season with 48 receptions for 702 yards and 15 touchdowns. He benches 230 pounds, squats 315 and has a vertical jump of 35-inches.

"I'm a smart player and have great speed," Gilreath said. "I know how to run routes, read coverages and I play very aggressive. I need to get stronger so I can get off guys easier and not get taken down."

Gilreath favors Iowa slightly over Minnesota, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Ohio State and they've all offered except the Buckeyes.

"I like Iowa a lot," Gilreath said. "The stadium is on campus and it's cool. People out there have fun and really support the team. Also, coach (Kirk) Ferentz is really cool and down to earth. I also really like the weight training program they have. That's really important to me because I need to get bigger in college. Every school has the major I want, so for me the most important things are going to be playing time and the weight training program."

He attended Iowa's camp on June 3 and will be heading to Wisconsin on June 26. His first scholarship offer came from the local Gophers who are only 15 minutes from his house. "If there's no traffic it's 10 minutes," Gilreath said. "I wouldn't mind staying close. It's a good program and I really like the assistant wide receiver coach Luke Tressel. He's real cool and funny. I got to know him well and we have a great relationship.

"I also like Minnesota because they are recruiting me for baseball (centerfield) too," Gilreath said. "I'm gonna try to do both sports if I can."

Growing up, Gilreath followed Florida State, but the Seminoles are not recruiting him. "I was a big Bobby Bowden fan and Peter Warrick was my favorite player," he said.

Gilreath says he doesn't have a timetable for making a decision, although he admits he may want to wait it out. "When recruiting first started I always pictured myself being the guy on signing day with two hats on the table announcing his decision," Gilreath said. "I may still do that."

He reports a 2.6 GPA and is waiting on his results from the June 10 ACT.

—Allen Wallace,

Grant Garner: Offers starting to stack up

Offensive line prospect Grant Garner (6-2, 240) from North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas, is starting to see his horizons broadened a bit by the amount of schools vying for his signature. Since our last report Garner has added several more offers.

"I now have added offers from Colorado State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Tulsa and Iowa State," reported Garner.

The latest batch of offers brings Garner's offer list into double digits. Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, SMU and Tulane had previously offered the Lone Star State product.

Garner has plans to attend the Texas A&M camp and currently has no other camps on his schedule.

With so many offers and so many schools showing Garner attention, it appears that two are starting to show a bit more attention than the others.

"I hear from Oklahoma State and Wisconsin about every week," Garner said. "I would still say everything is still open though. I would like to get it done, but I am just going to see how things go."

—Steve Robertson,

Harold Turnage: New offers for Houston TE

In what was thought to be a horrible year in Texas for tight end prospects, more and more have emerged and it is turning out to be a solid year. Guys like Houston Chavez's Harold Turnage are a large part of the reason why.

"I got an offer from Oklahoma State a long time ago," Turnage said. "But within the last month or so TCU, Wisconsin and Boise State have all offered too. TCU was a written offer, the other two were verbal."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Turnage was named first-team all-district as a junior.

"Texas A&M, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma State, Colorado and the other schools that have offered are probably my top ones," Turnage said. "LSU, Miami, Colorado and A&M are all looking at me real hard too right now."

During his junior year he caught 52 passes for 786 yards. As a sophomore he caught 19 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

"I went to the Oklahoma State camp earlier this summer," Turnage said. "I am going to camp at Texas A&M and TCU too. I want to take my visits and make a decision probably sometime during the season. I know that some of the ones that haven't offered yet, want me to take an official visit to their school."

—Jeremy Patterson,

Moses Jenkins: DB gets big offer

Moses Jenkins is one of the state's top cornerback prospects and the Lauderdale Lakes (Boyd Anderson) standout got another big offer the other day.

"Florida sent me a text message (Sunday) and said they're offering me a scholarship," said Jenkins, who also has offers from Wisconsin and Iowa. "They said the letter should be in the mail in the next week or so."

Jenkins, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, was excited to hear the news of his latest offer.

"It's real good," he said. "I went down to their camp and worked out for (cornerbacks coach Chuck) Heater. Me and Ahmad Black were locking it down. He wants us both to come in there together. They're definitely in my top five."

The hometown Hurricanes are the offer he's hoping for next.

"I'm hoping Miami's next," Jenkins said. "I get text messages and stuff from them but nothing serious as far as an offer yet."

—Mike Bakas,

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