Under Armour All-American defensive back Doran Grant (Akron, Ohio/St.
Vincent-St. Mary), who made official visits to Ohio State and Michigan
State, announced moments ago that he has committed to the Buckeyes over
the Spartans. Grant made his announcement on ESPN during the Under Armour All-American Game in Tropicana Field.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Under Armour All-American defensive back Doran Grant (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), who made official visits to Ohio State and Michigan State, announced moments ago that he has committed to the Buckeyes over the Spartans.
Grant made his announcement on ESPN during the Under Armour All-American Game in Tropicana Field.
“It feels great,” Grant told Bucknuts in announcing his choice. “I’m glad it’s over with and now I am a part of the Buckeyes family. It’s been a long time waiting. It was a hard decision at first. Then I just decided Ohio State is the place for me.
“Coach Tressel knows and everything is all set for me to go down to Columbus. I’ll be at Ohio State in June. Coach Tressel was pumped up when I told him. He was ready for me to come down.”
Grant is a huge addition to the Buckeyes’ 2011 recruiting class. Both Ohio State starting cornerbacks, Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence, played their last game for the Buckeyes last night in the Sugar Bowl. Grant said he watched OSU’s dramatic 31-26 win over Arkansas.
“That was a great start for my season coming in,” he said. “Because those guys are leaving, I am being expected to come in and the plan for me is to play right away and make an impact for the Buckeyes.”
Grant was well aware of the Ohio State depth chart at cornerback and has the ability to be a factor, if not a starter in his first year in Columbus. During Under Armour practice sessions, there was no better coverage cornerback than Grant on the White Team roster.
The 5-foot-11 and 175-pound Grant made approximately 20 tackles with two interceptions during his senior season. He also had 530 receiving yards with 10 touchdowns through the air and three rushing.
The possibility of Grant seeing some playing time on the offensive side of the ball in addition to playing cornerback at the next level has been brought up. But at least initiallyGrant heads to Ohio State first and foremost as a cornerback, and landing the star DB was a priority for Jim Tressel.
In addition to Ohio State and Michigan State, Grant had dozens of other scholarship offers including USC, Notre Dame, Georgia, Michigan, Georgia Tech and Illinois. He said it wasn’t easy saying no to MSU.
“It was pretty hard,” he said. “They were in my heart a lot. My dad went there and everything. It was a hard decision but with the Buckeyes is where I want to be. My parents are comfortable with my decision.”
Kurelic’s Comment: The importance of landing Grant can not be over stated. While he will need some work on tackling, he is a great cover guy and those guys are very hard to find. The Buckeyes have had some outstanding cornerbacks in the Tressel era, andGrant has the potential to be a special one for the Buckeyes.