January 17, 2011

Five-star impressed with UF

Richmond (Va.) Hermitage linebacker Curtis Grant took an official visit to Florida this past weekend, his second official visit during the recruiting process, and came back impressed with what he saw in Gainesville. Have the Gators emerged as his leader over Ohio State or is Grant remaining neutral with two more visits left on his schedule?

"Florida was cool, I had a good time," said the 6-foot-3, 222-pounder. "I was hosted by Ronald Powell and we got along well and I spoke to a few other players. Chris Rainey was cool and I was hoping to speak some more to Sharrif Floyd but he was recovering from some surgery so we didn't get to hang out that much. I spent a lot of time with current commitments like Jeff Driskell and Mike Blakely as well who I've known for awhile."

In addition to players and recruits, Grant met with many coaches.

"I spent a lot of time with (head coach) Will Muschamp and that was good," he said. "I like that he's a defensive coach and defensive minded so he's going to be involved with the defense. He'll be very involved on that side of the ball. D.J. Durkin is the linebackers coach and he is cool too. I didn't get to meet the defensive coordinator but they explained the defense to me and how they are looking to move from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense eventually which is really attractive to me. In a 3-4 the linebackers make a ton of plays."

Grant's previous official visit was to Ohio State and he said it is hard to compare the two visits, campuses and coaching staffs.

"Florida is different, it's just really laid back," he said. "Ohio State is bigger and I think it's more country in a way while Florida is more beach and relaxed, it just feels that way. As for the coaches, it's hard to really compare them. They are still rounding out the staff at Florida and there is more stability at Ohio State. Right now I couldn't choose between the two of them, I liked both visits a lot."

Next up for Grant is a visit to Virginia this weekend where he will see head coach Mike London and many of his friends in the class of 2011.

"Diamonte Bailey is my teammate and friend and he's going there, Demetrious Nicholson will also be there, Caleb Taylor, Daquan Romero and a bunch of others," he said. "Virginia is about comfort and being around people I know and feel good about."

Following that will be his last official visit to North Carolina on Jan. 28.

"With UNC, it will be about seeing how I fit in there and there are also some guys I know already committed there as well," he said. "I am honestly getting more and more confused the more visits I take so this is going to be hard. I feel I'm further from a leader than I have been in awhile right now."

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