March 23, 2010

Virginia LB talks Tide

Virginia has been an area of interest for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide when it comes to recruiting over the last few years and the latest prospect from the Commonwealth to show up on the Tide's radar is Richmond (VA) Hermitage linebacker Curtis Grant. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound star holds early offers from over 20 schools from around the nation and continues to receive new offers each week.

"Nebraska and USC and Tennessee all came in during the past couple of weeks," Grant said. "I'm not going to narrow anything down or take anyone off the list right now. I'm going to take my time and get to know the coaches at every school and make sure I don't make any quick decisions without thinking everything through."

After visiting Virginia and Duke for junior day events earlier this spring, Grant has a busy few weeks ahead of him as he continues to take advantage of the spring practice season to get a look at some of the schools around him that have offered.

"This weekend I'm going to North Carolina and then I'll be going to Florida and Clemson in the next few weeks to watch their spring practices."

One school Grant hasn't had a chance to visit but plans to sometime this summer is Alabama. Grant said his relationship with the coaching staff has definitely put Alabama in the running for his services.

"I like Coach Saban a lot and Coach Smart as well. They are both just good guys and they've given me a lot of good advice about recruiting and handling the process. I've also talked a good bit with Coach Sal (Sunseri) and he and I have a good relationship. I love the defense Alabama runs and I love the mentality they bring to everything they do."

"The Alabama coaches said they like my aggressive style of play and how I get to the ball, how I run the defense and make good calls. I like to do whatever I can to help my other teammates play better because on defense, everybody has to be doing their job for the big plays to happen. I really like to be a leader out there on the field and I think coaches like that about me."

While Alabama is currently even with all the other schools that have offered, according to Grant, thing will likely start to take shape this fall when Grant selects his five schools that will receive official visits.

"I probably won't announce it until Signing Day but I haven't made up my mind yet. Either way it will definitely be after the season."

Grant compiled 154 tackles, four sacks and one interception as a junior and was named first team all-state in Virginia.

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