January 20, 2009

Rebel - Hawg battle shaping up for Grandy

Ole Miss is in the mix for some highly rated and big time talent in the likes of Bobby Massie, Patrick Patterson, Marlon Brown, and Raymond Cotton.

However, probably lost on those only sensitive to four-star and high rated prospects, is that the Rebels remain in some "secondary" battles for several prospects who could impact the program within the next two years and beyond.

One that falls into that category is Mike Marry, a standout linebacker from Largo, Fla., who has over 30 offers and will visit Ole Miss this weekend. Another weekend visitor is Pine Bluff (Dollarway HS), Ark. defensive back Jesse Grandy.

Grandy, a 5-foot-11, 155 pound athlete with 4.44 speed has been a constant target for Ole Miss since last summer. Another constant figures into his recruitment - it appears to a battle between Ole Miss and Arkansas - however, Grandy now says he'll also add Louisiana Tech to the list of schools he has or will visit.

Grandy visited Fayetteville last weekend and is looking forward to visiting Ole Miss and Oxford on Friday.

"I'll be getting in late on Friday because I have to play in a basketball game before I leave," said Grandy, just before taking the court for a Monday night basketball game.

Grandy says basketball is something he's doing to just keep in shape over the fall.

"I don't score much, " he said. "I like to rebound and play defense."

It could be on defense, such as cornerback, where Ole Miss is eyeing Grandy, although both the Rebels and Razorbacks are recruiting him just as an athlete at this point.

"Arkansas is recruiting him as an athlete," Jesse Grandy, Sr. told HawgSports.com after his son's visit last Sunday. "I think he's much better on offense. He's an elusive individual. You don't put someone that elusive on defense and corral his elusiveness. You put him on offense and then good things will happen."

Grandy said a couple of things will influence his final destination.

"I'm looking for a school that supports my major - architecture, " Grandy said. "Other than that, I will let my visits tell me where I need to go. Right now, I'm just open with all the schools. I will probably make a decision once I finish my visits."

Grandy helped lead Dollarway to the state title game in its classification where they lost to Shiloh Christian. He had 99 tackles, including 66 unassisted, 12 interceptions with three returned for touchdowns, five tackles for loss and two fumble recovered for touchdowns. On offense, Grandy played quarterback but also can play wide receiver and running back.

Rivals.com rates Grandy 3-star recruit, the No. 5 player in Arkansas and No. 98 athlete in the nation.



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