October 10, 2010

Grant checks out Buckeyes

With most of his team's games being played on Saturdays, junior tight end Sam Grant won't have many opportunities to make unofficial visits to the colleges that have extended invitations to check out their campus and football program.

This past weekend was the first time Grant had an opportunity to make a visit. His St. Edward team played on Friday at Columbus DeSales, which gave the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder from North Royalton, Ohio the chance to stay in Central Ohio and visit Ohio State on Saturday for the Buckeyes' 38-10 win over Indiana.

"I enjoyed it a lot," said Grant of the visit to Ohio State. "They really run a first class operation down there and really made me feel at home. It was also an honor to be there for coach (Jim) Tressel's 100th win."

Before Grant could check in on the Buckeyes, he had to help the Eagles move to 7-0 on the year with a 62-0 win over DeSales. The shutout was the second in a row for St. Edward.

"That really made the weekend," Grant said. "We had the defense prepared for the triple option and we started running the ball right down the field. After that we had a couple of passing touchdowns and I had one and three catches."

On the season, Grant has just six catches and the one touchdown but he's drawn plenty of interest from college football coaches.

He plans to attend games at Northwestern, Cincinnati and Kentucky.

Grant didn't have much time to celebrate St. Edward's victory. He had to make his way to Ohio Stadium to check in before kickoff.

He arrived about two hours before the start of the game, which allowed him the time to check out the Buckeyes football facilities.

"We went into the locker room and talked to coach Tressel and coach Peterson and Taver Johnson and a couple of the other coaches," he said. "We talked about the school and they had a presentation about what OSU is all about."

Grant and the rest of the visiting recruits were on the field during pre-game warm-ups.

"It was awesome," he said. "I went to camp there in the summer and played on the field but it's so different when there are 100,000 fans in the stadium. It was crazy."

After the game Grant retreated to the OSU recruiting room to again talk with the coaches prior to heading home.

"Coach Peterson said it was just the start of the recruiting process and they would like to get me back down there for another game," Grant said.

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