Ventura's Grant talks recruiting

Many consider a dynamic pass-rusher off the edge as a key component to a great pass defense. One of the more physically dominating edge players in the California JUCO ranks this year is Ventura DE Rickey Grant (6-4, 225) and he spoke with recently about recruiting as well as what his focus is on this summer as he prepares for a breakout sophomore season.

"I'm really focused on my hand-fighting," Grant told recently. "Coach (Shaun) Loring takes Jujitsu an he works with me on that all the time.

"Having that skill helps you keep blockers from locking on to you and that really lets you get up the field faster and stuff like that."

Grant had an outstanding freshman campaign, totaling 65 tackles, six sacks and six quarterback hurries.

"I'm a good run-stopper and I think I'm a good pass-rusher, but I'm always looking to improve," Grant said. "I think I'm good at playing the one-tech, where you read the guard and then you can tell whether it's an inside run or an outside run.

"I take pride in being a good run-stopper, but it isn't just about brute strength, because you have to be able to read things so you can make plays."

After a standout prep career at American Senior High School in Hialeah, Florida, Grant moved to southern California to continue his football career.

"I just wanted a change of pace," Grant said. "I like it out here a lot. The coaches out here are great. They are really smart and they get the best out of you.

"It's different than being on the east coast, but I love it out here and I'm having a lot of fun."

On the recruiting front, Grant said schools from across the country have been makining inquiries to his availability.

"Oregon State, Boise State, Kansas State, LSU and Kentucky have all been talking to me," Grant said. "I'm looking for a fast-paced defense and one that attacks and has a lot of speed.

"I love to attack and that's what makes defense fun to play, when you are dictating what you want to do to the offense."

Grant redshirted his first year at Ventura, so he'll sign with a school in December and when he steps on campus he'll have two years to play two.

We'll continue to follow Grant's progress and update things as his recruitment heats up.

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