December 19, 2010

Doran faces a big decision

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Akron (Ohio) defensive back Doran Grant is one of the biggest players left in the state of Ohio who have not made a commitment to date. That will all change when the four star plays in the Under Armour All-Star game in January of 2011 but at this point we know that the field is down to two with Ohio State and Michigan State as the final two.

Grant had a chance to check out Sparty earlier in the month and now has gotten back from his trip to Ohio State. Grant was one of several top players on campus this past weekend and as expected had a very good visit with the Buckeyes.

"It was great and I enjoyed every minute of it," Grant said. "I got to talk to the coaches and all of the players. My host was Christian Bryant which was cool. I am very familiar with (all the Cleveland Glenville) guys and have trained with a lot of those guys. I have known Christian since we were like eight or nine and we rank track together."

The 5-foot-10, 171 pound star has not been a stranger to the Ohio State campus but the visit gave him more exposure to a program that he felt going in that he knew a lot about.

"I got to talk to the coaches about what they would expect from me if I chose Ohio State," Grant said. "With me getting in there and being ready to step in and be able to play."

Grant was joined by a pair of five stars as well as other talented players and that was not something that was lost on any of the recruits who were on campus.

"We all had a good time and everyone was getting the love that they deserved and all of that getting to talk to coach Jim Tressel and all that," Grant said. "We all had a great time."

Grant had offers from many of the top programs and decided to narrow his list to a final two of OSU and MSU. What stands out about each school?

Ohio State: Ohio State is a good program and they win championships and have won the Big Ten for all those years. They are consistently in the top ten and always in the BCS. For me it is a chance to get in and play early with two seniors leaving and get in and to compete and play. There are a lot of good things.

Michigan State: Much like Ohio State. They had a championship season and there is an opportunity to play early if I go there. I got a lot of love from the coaches and the players. They are like brothers and everyone hangs out with everyone.

About his dad playing at MSU: You got to say it does play something into it but that was 30 years ago and it was a different program but it does factor in a way. He played there and I grew up around Michigan State and I have been there a lot before.

Grant is now done with his visits and will make his decision public on January 5th, 2011 from St. Petersburg (Fla.) in front of a live national television audience.


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