Outside of Braxton Miller, no other recruit in the state of Ohio has drawn more attention, or has been more coveted than Akron St.Vincent-St. Mary’s Doran Grant. Currently ranked as the number one cornerback in the country, Grant has been highly sought after since his sophomore year with the Irish. At the start of the football season, Grant had narrowed his college choices down to eight. As National Signing Day approaches, Grant will decide between two schools..
Ohio State and Michigan State
Why Ohio State…The usual reasons. Staying close to home where family and friends have a short drive to watch him play, the traditional in-state power, tradition of winning..etc.. One other notable reason is the reputation of Ohio State of turning out NFL corners. Shawn Springs, Antoine Wingfield, Nate Clements, and Ahmed Plummer just to name a few. Ohio State has been recruiting him the longest, and with a depth chart full of juniors and seniors, Grant may be able to see some playing time right away. Grant took his official visit to Ohio State on December 17th.
Why Michigan State…Versatility. They told Grant that he could play either offense or defense. A skilled receiver on the offensive side of the ball, Grant may have the option in East Lansing to choose where he wants to play. Also, Head Coach Marc Dantonio was the architect of those Ohio State defenses that produced those NFL corners when he was the defensive coordinator at Ohio State in the mid to late 90’s. Grant may see the field quicker in East Lansing because of the option of playing offense. Grant’s father, Ted Jones, was a wide receiver for Michigan State in the early 80’s. Grant took his official visit to Michigan State on December 3rd.
Why is Doran Grant such a hot commodity?…His athleticism sets him apart along with his versatility. He did everything at SVSM. He was a full-time corner, was the Irish’s leading receiver, ran the ball out of the “wildcat” formation, and even returned punts and kickoffs. That athleticism is what got him ranked not only as the number one player in the Cleveland area, but also the number two player in Ohio (behind QB Braxton Miller, another Ohio State commit), and the 33rd best prospect in the country by Rivals.com. His combine number are off the charts. He has been timed at 4.48 seconds in the forty yard dash, ran the ten yard shuttle in an amazing 3.97 seconds, and produced a 41 inch vertical jump. He has been compared to current Oakland Raider cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, argueably the best cover corner in the NFL.
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Why January 5th?…Grant has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game. He is one of only 60 players in the country to earn that honor. The game is being televised live at 7pm on January 5th. It is there where Grant will make his decision on where he is going to spend his next four years. With fellow Ohio State recruits Braxton Miller of Huber Heights Wayne, and Steve Miller of Canton McKinley also playing in the game, it could be a tough choice turning down the Buckeyes with two fellow recruits with him all week.
Whomever wins the recruiting battle for Doran Grant, they are getting themselves on heck of a talent.