Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NATION'S TOP PREP LINEBACKER CURTIS GRANT CHOOSES BUCKEYES

Curtis Grant
RICHMOND, Va. — Ohio State got their man.

Richmond (Va.) Hermitage star linebacker Curtis Grant announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will be donning the Scarlet and Gray next fall. Grant (6-3, 220) selected the Buckeyes over the likes of Florida, North Carolina and Virgina, among many others.

"Coach (Jim) Tressel is just a cool guy and he never pressured me to do anything I didn't want to do," Grant said. "He let me take my time and make my decision. So as it came down to the end, I just prayed about the whole situation and God took my heart to Ohio State."

The U.S. Army All-American is perhaps the best linebacker prospect in the nation for the class of 2011. He is listed by Rivals.com as the No. 2 recruit in the nation, regardless of position.

The ultra athletic talent — who has drawn comparisons to a young Ray Lewis — may be the best linebacker prospect the Buckeyes have signed in the Jim Tressel era.

"I told the coaches, when I get there I don't plan on sitting on the bench," Grant said. "We're going to go fight for that national championship."

We'll have more on Grant and the rest of the class, including words from the Ohio State coaching staff, later.