Grant already attracting early attention

After an entire season of honing his skills against one of the top JUCO defensive tackles in the country every day in practice, Antelope Valley OG Joe Grant (6-2, 305) has hardened his skills. He'll make the move to center this year to show his versatility and that is why several four-year schools have already made it known that they are giving him a long look...

"Every day in practice, (Edwin Delva) and I would go at it," Grant admitted to with a bit of a chuckle when asked about his daily battles with the current Oregon State defensive tackle. "It was all good competition and stuff, but yeah, we beat each other up pretty good. He'd get the best of me one time and the next rep I'd get the best of him. We really made each other better."

As a freshman in 2012, Grant started every game at left guard for the Marauders, but this year he'll slide to the center spot and he said he's got no qualms about the move.

"Honestly, I think my best attribute is being a leader," Grant said. "I'm real good at both run and pass-blocking, but my best trait is leading by example, but also speaking up when things need to be said. I don't back down from challenges and I love to get in there and compete with my guys."

Because of his solid technique and versatility, to go along with his outstanding size and strength, Grant is already attracting the attention of four year schools and several have made contact this spring and one will be by to watch him practice very soon.

"Utah, USC and Illinois have all been talking to me and Utah State said they are going to be by on April 26th to see me," Grant said. "It's been good, but I'm still waiting on some offers. When those start coming in, then I think things will start picking up."

Grant is on pace to graduate in May of 2014 and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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