March 17, 2010
Grant in no hurry to decide
Doran Grant of Akron Saint Vincent/Saint Mary's High School is considered by many to be the top player in Ohio for teh class of 2011 and could be the top defensive back prospect in the nation for the class of 2011. Michigan State offered Grant a scholarship almost a year ago when he attended the Spartan Camp. Find out more about this top recruit for Mark Dantonio and Michigan State.
With scholarship offers from essentially every major program in the nation, Grant has the ability to to be selective. Michigan State has Grant at the top of the recruiting board and after his performance two weekends ago at the Massillon, Ohio NIKE Combine it is easy to see why.
At that event, Grant posted the highest SPARQ score of any player that has ever attended a NIKE Camp. That manes Grant outperformed not only everyone at the combine he was at, but current college All-Americans and NFL players when they attended NIKE Camps as well. His SPARQ rating was 124.5, anything over 100 is considered elite-level. At the event, Grant showed tremendous all-around athletic ability by posting a 4.56 40-yard dash, a 3.97 pro-shuttle and a 41.2-inch vertical leap.
SpartanMag.com caught up with Grant and got some details about his recruitment. We asked the potential 5-Star recruit how it felt to get all of the national attention.
"It feels good," Grant said. "I am enjoying it a lot. It was one of my goals to be a national level recruit and the best player I can be."
As many know, Grant's father is former Michigan state Spartan and All-Big Ten wide receiver Ted Jones. SpartanMag.com asked Grant what type of advice he has received from his father about the recruiting process.
"He just told me to take my time, take it all in and enjoy it. He also keeps me on tracked and focused throughout the whole recruiting process," Grant said.
Grant has been to Michigan State several times over the past 12-months. He was planning on heading back up to East Lansing again this weekend for the Rivals 5-Star Junior Day, but due to a both basketball and track commitments he will be unable to attend. He does plan on coming back up for possibly a spring practice or the Green and White game.
Michigan State Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi is serving as the primary recruiter of Grant and he has been in frequent contact with him throughout the process so far. head Coach Mark dantonio is also actively involved. SpartanMag.com asked Grant about his thoughts about Michigan State University.
"I like the family atmosphere they have there with all of the sports," Grant said. "The coaches there are great and they are just good people to be around. Also the game day atmosphere to play there is great too."
No doubt Grant's recruitment is going to be one of teh most constested in teh Midwest if not teh nation. SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep Michigan state fans updated on this potential 5-Star and sure fire All-American recruit.
Matt Dorsey's Take:
Many reports are indicating that it will be very difficult for anyone to beat out the Ohio State Buckeyes for his services. However, Grant seems to be enjoying the process and at this point is in no hurry to make his decision.
Grant's recruitment is going to be a battle of attrition. The teams that recruit him honestly, aggressively as well as consistently will be the teams that have the best chance with him.
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