Hermitage (Richmond, VA) linebacker Curtis Grant has traveled all over the country this year, visiting a number of schools including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, UCLA, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The top ranked prospect in the TSL’s Preseason In-State Top 40 remains quiet in terms of naming favorites, but the main contenders could become known in the coming weeks.
“There is no timetable, but I think me and my family and my coach are going to sit down and knock it down a lot soon. Maybe in the next two or three weeks,” said Grant, who has been offered by all of the programs he has visited and many more. “I’m thinking I might knock it down to five or six. Or maybe eight.”
With respect to where he chooses to attend college, Grant says that location “doesn’t really matter, to be honest with you.” And asked if in-state ACC programs Virginia and Virginia Tech remained seriously in the race, he answered, “I really haven’t thought a lot about schools.”
With the start of preseason practice just three weeks away, Grant’s action-packed offseason is almost at an end. He had hoped to take unofficial visits to Michigan and Ohio State, but at this point he says those visits are unlikely to happen. Grant mentioned UVa as a possibility if he does visit any other programs this summer, but nothing has been set.
After intense offseason, Grant is looking forward to hitting the gridiron again.
“I’ve missed the game a lot,” Grant said. “I’m still mad from when we lost last year.”
Hermitage, one of Central Virginia’s top varsity programs under head coach Patrick Kane, finished the 2009 season with a 10-2 overall record. It fell to eventual state champ Thomas Dale in the Division 6, Central Region finals. The 6-3, 220-pound standout was at the heart of Hermitage’s success, finishing his junior season with 154 tackles including 22 tackles for loss and five sacks.
“We’re ranked number four in the state heading into this season, but our defense is considered really good,” Grant said. “There is [DE] Diamonte Bailey, [CB] Brandon Rogers, [SS] James Gist, [DL] Joquan Roney…we have a lot of great players.”
Grant, who has been a starter on the varsity level since the end of his freshman year, expects another big year for himself and for the team.
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