January 9, 2011
Nutt's visit impresses junior college defensive tackle
Uriah Grant was already looking forward to his official visit before Friday.
Houston Nutt's visit with his family and him at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., only increased Grant's level of anticipation.
Nutt traveled to south Florida to attempt to woo the three-star defensive tackle from Fullerton (Calif.) College this weekend, a gesture that definitely caught Grant's attention.
"That went great," Grant said. "It was very exciting. I had a great time. We just talked about what I'm looking for in a school, what type of guy he is in general and the type of program they are. Ole Miss is headed in the right direction. They just need a few key pieces to get to the next level."
Ole Miss, which lost defensive linemen Jerrell Powe, LaMark Armour, Lawon Scott and Ted Laurent to graduation, is clearly hoping the 6-foot-1, 280-pound Grant will be one of those pieces. The Rebels are in good shape, essentially tied with Washington as finalists for Grant's signature.
There is, however, a "wildcard," as Grant put it Sunday.
"Miami is interested," Grant said. "I'm going to take a look at that, but for right now, Ole Miss and Washington are my top two."
Grant said he should know whether the Hurricanes are going to extend a scholarship offer sometime this week. If they do, Grant said, "they wouldn't be impossible to beat because Ole Miss and Washington have good qualities and good things I'm interested in. But of course, with me being from Miami, that's a good thing."
Grant, who took an official visit to Washington in December, is scheduled to take an official visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 21-23.
"A lot of schools are talking to me, but I'm not interested," said Grant, who signed with Wake Forest out of high school. "I don't want to take a visit just to take it.
I'm very curious (about Ole Miss). All I'm hearing is great things about Ole Miss. Every guy I see on Rivals or Scout after they take a trip to Ole Miss is saying great things. (Fullerton College defensive back/Ole Miss commitment) Aaron Garbutt said he fell in love with it as soon as he saw it."
Grant, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 50 junior college prospect, said Garbutt's commitment to the Rebels won't have an impact on his ultimate decision.
"That's not a factor," Grant said. "It's a good thing that there would be someone there that I know and who I know is a great player, but it doesn't do anything to my decision."
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