March 15, 2010

Trojans offer top Virginia linebacker

USC will host the Virginia Cavaliers for the Trojans' home opener this season but the coaching staff is hoping a linebacker from the same state will be calling the Coliseum home in the future.

Richmond (Va.) linebacker Curtis Grant recently received a scholarship offer from USC which adds to the sizable stack he already has. With new offers coming in daily, the recruiting landscape is constantly shifting.

"When you want to narrow it down to ones to pick from, someone else (offers)," Grant said. "Someone will come along and change my decision. That's how it's been the past couple of weeks because I'm getting an offer from here and there. It's a difficult decision right now.

"I'm at a neutral standpoint right now. Because of so much attention, I'm just going to take it step-by-step right now. I don't want to make any mistakes that I may regret later. It's a big process right now and something I have to discuss with my parents. I just want to make a good decision for myself and them too. Especially for me because I'll be the one going."

USC linebackers coach Joe Barry recently spoke with the Rivals 250 Watch List selection.

"I've talked to Coach Barry a couple of times," Grant said. "I guess they watched my highlight tape and they liked it and offered me. He said he likes my ability to attack and just play the game.

"I didn't really get to talk to them about the defensive scheme or how would I be playing if I come out there. What position would I play or would they put me at D-end, we didn't really get into that. Basically just getting to know each other. He asked about my family and stuff."

USC's success at the linebacker position has been well chronicled the past few years with players such as Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga and Clay Matthews Jr. collecting accolades in college and the NFL. As a result, Grant is looking at the Trojans with an eye towards adding his name to the list.

"The school produces pro players," he said. "The last couple of years, they've had outstanding defenses and definitely put linebackers in the league. There's nothing I can take away from them."

As an east coast product however, distance from home always comes up about USC.

"I really don't know about the distance," Grant said. "I'd love for my parents to come see me play because I don't think they've missed one in 11 years. You can't make decisions just by yourself."

At this point in the process, a decision won't be coming soon for Grant because his focus is squarely on helping his current team.

"Around August, when football season starts, I'll start narrowing it down," he said. "Or I may just ride it out through football season. I'm really more focused on my high school career first and then get into my college career. I just can't forget about my team here." will continue to keep you updated on Grant's recruiting process.

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