August 24, 2009

2011 star is familiar with the Hokies

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With much of the 2010 recruiting class wrapped up, Virginia Tech is already looking ahead to 2011. The Hokies have a number of scholarships out including a big one to a local talent.

"I've got five offers from Boston College, Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Richmond," Richmond (Va.) Hermitage linebacker Curtis Grant said. "I'm pretty much hearing from all over, the SEC, the Pac-10 and the Big Ten.

"I'm a big fan of so many different schools.

"I followed Tech when I was younger. Since I've gotten older, I've gotten more exposure to other colleges. More recently I follow Tech, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State. All of those teams I like their defenses and how the linebackers play."

Obviously Grant is familiar with the Hokies. What intrigues him about Tech?

"I do know Ju-Ju Clayton, Theron Norman and Duan Perez-Means. I talk to them off and on," he said. "I have talked to the coaches at Virginia Tech too. I like Coach Foster's defense. I talked to Coach Foster back during the spring. He's a pretty cool guy. I have talked to Coach Cavanaugh too, but I haven't been in touch with him for awhile since I've got two more years left."

Grant is already being recognized as one of the top talents in the mid-Atlantic for the 2011 class even recently given the opportunity to participate in the ultra-exclusive FBU camp in Florida.

"That was pretty good," he said. "I got a lot of different exposure. It was nice to go against a few of the top players in the country. I got to meet different players and it seems like it's more about speed than power. Coming back home, I was able to see what I need to work on. I really want to improve my agility and speed."

Clearly colleges already see talent in the Commonwealth prospect. What sticks out about his game at this time?

"I think it's my aggressiveness and my ability to take on blocks. My ability to read plays is good too and I run sideline to sideline."

Grant is no stranger to the game of football as he grew up with the game and has brought pieces from all over to constantly improve.

"My father basically taught me the majority of the game when I was little. He went to Virginia Union and he taught me different techniques," he said. "Then I learned a lot when I got to Hermitage from the coaches there. They make us practice hard and it's no fun and games until Friday. You put in the work throughout the week and it shows on Friday.

"I can also say I learned a lot from watching the NFL. I particularly watch James Harrison, Ray Lewis and DeMarcus Ware. I like Harrison's aggressiveness, Lewis' ability to take on blocks and be a leader, and Ware's all-around game."

The 2011 prospect is currently preparing to open his junior season, which starts on September 11th against Lee-Davis.

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