April 1, 2010

Big time LB talks UA

Richmond (VA) Heritage linebacker Curtis Grant holds an early offer list as impressive as any prospect in the country for the Class of 2011 and the 6-foot-3, 222-pound defender has kept himself busy this spring by trying to visit as many of the schools that have offered him as he can manage, including several trips into SEC country.

"I recently went to North Carolina for their junior day and I'm going to be going to Florida and Clemson next week to see their spring practices. I might get a chance to go to Virginia's spring game also. It's been a pretty busy spring already for me."

"Ohio State said they are sending an offer in the next couple of days, which was cool to hear. I like that schools from all over the country are finding me and that means I'll have the opportunity to pretty much play in any part of the country I want to."

Grant, a member of the Rivals150 to Watch list, said that while he still has a lot to learn about the defending national champion Crimson Tide, the Alabama coaching staff is doing what they can to educate him about their program.

"I don't know a lot about Alabama at this point but I'm getting to know them and I learn a lot each time I talk to their coaches. Coach Sal (Sunseri) and I have a really good relationship and we talk pretty regularly. I'm always thinking of questions to ask him about Alabama and I like everything he's had to say. Coach Sal and Coach Saban are both great guys but I really want to see the campus in person to get a real feel for the program. I will probably try to get down there at some point this summer."

For now, the Tide stand even with all the other schools that have offered, according to Grant.

"I really don't have any standouts right now because I want to keep exploring my options and keep everyone on an equal playing field until I know as much as possible. By the time the season starts, I should know enough to cut my list down and then hopefully once the season is over I'll be able to make a decision pretty quickly."

Wherever Grant decides to play his college career, the opportunity to play early will be an important factor in his final decision.

"Fitting in with the other players and coaches is important for me but I'm obviously going to be paying attention to playing time opportunities. I'm not afraid of competition with other guys but if there's an opportunity to step in and contribute right away, that's something I'm going to look at."

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