Hermitage (Richmond, VA) linebacker Curtis Grant has become a national recruit, recently scoring offers from Clemson, LSU and Texas Tech to go along with previous official offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech and many others. The big-time junior remains open to all schools, but this past Saturday a local school made a big impression.
Grant, along with other top juniors from around the state and some from outside the state, attended the University of Virginia’s Junior Day on Saturday.
“I just went up there to have a good time,” said the 6-3, 220-pound all-state performer. “I guess I had a blast with all my friends there. The coaching staff, I had a great bond there, mostly with coach [Anthony] Poindexter, coach [Jeff] Hanson, coach [Chip] West, coach [Jim] Reid and coach [Mike] London. They’re all honest and straightforward guys. They don’t beat around the bush.”
Former Virginia head coach Al Groh had not offered Grant before the end of his tenure. Former University of Richmond coach quickly changed that, extending an official offer the first month on the job. The Panthers star has since made two unofficial visits to Virginia and has come away impressed by both experiences.
“It has changed a lot,” Grant said of Virginia’s recruitment. “At first they were not showing interest, but all of the sudden they are showing the most interest. Them and Alabama, I would say.”
Though he has offers from some of the country’s top football programs outside the state, most notably SEC powers Alabama and Florida, Grant could stay in the state to play college football. He grew up following Virginia Tech, but Virginia has made a push in recent months. He was asked what stands out recently about both programs.
“The coaching staff,” Grant said of UVa. “I like how they want you to become a man and also play football. It’s not just one side. It’s not just football.
“With Virginia Tech, I don’t know right now. I just haven’t been around that staff for a while. Coach Beamer and the coaches have come to see me when they’ve been able to, but I haven’t talked to them in a while.”
Grant will visit Virginia Tech later on in the spring,...
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