Star CB Recruit Doran Grant Tells Spartan Nation That He Likes What He is Seeing From MSU


Grant is an immediate impact player that will play as a freshman wherever he goes to play football.
Grant is an immediate impact player that will play as a freshman wherever he goes to play football.

As Michigan State continues to win, more and more elite prospects are looking at the Spartans as a potential destination come signing day in February. One prospect in particular is Akron, Ohio’s Doran Grant. Grant is considered by most recruiting analysts as one of the three best cover corners in high school football. Grant is the type of player that has the potential to see playing time immediately as a freshman and could give any defense an immediate playmaker. He is rated as the top high school football prospect in the state of Ohio.

Doran was recently asked about his visit to Ann Arbor to watch MSU play Michigan by Spartan Nation. Needless to say, Doran was very impressed with Michigan State. “The running backs are running the ball like crazy, playing great. The defense is making plays and I like that Michigan State opened up their playbook… no doubt.”

Doran grew up watching the Spartans with his father Ted Jones. Ted was MSU’s leading receiver in the 1980 and 1981 seasons. Doran had this to say about the Spartan’s current winning streak. “I have enjoyed it a lot. Usually, me and my brother Deontae have this usual saying ‘cause they usually go 4-0 and always break (lose a game). They go 4-1… then 4-2… and then 5-2, but now that they keep going (continue winning), we are just like… oh snap!! This is something we’ve had going (rooting for MSU) since we were eight years old. Now that they are going undefeated, they are fun to watch. I like seeing them win games.”

The Spartans are currently at the very top of Doran’s recruiting list that includes a host schools. Ohio State and MSU are thought to be the teams to beat for Doran’s services and both programs bring big opportunities to the table. It is a truly a can’t lose situation for Doran with Tressel heading OSU and his good friend “Dino” leading the charge in East Lansing. An Ohio State offer would be hard to pass up. A Michigan State offer would as well considering Chris L. Rucker’s graduation and the need for immediate help in the defensive backfield.

I don’t think anyone truly knows where Doran Grant will go, but he has made it clear that his choice will be known after the Army All-American game, which is a showcase for the nation’s top high school football prospects. If MSU continues to win games, I think that they will be hard to beat down the stretch. The opportunity to play right away has got to be a factor for a player with Doran’s skills and MSU returns an awful lot of talent in the front seven next year and beyond.

As players like Bullough, Gardiner, Drone, Hoover, Gholston, Treadwell, Worthy and Norman continue to develop, it is easy to see why a young cornerback would want to play defense for the Spartans. MSU has also landed the best middle linebacker in the nation (Lawrence Thomas, Detroit, MI) in this year’s class, which should only bolster their recruiting on the defensive side of the ball. Doran is a unique and very skilled talent. The longer Doran’s recruitment drags on, the more I like MSU’s chances.