June 6, 2011

Grant has a big weekend on the track

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The Ohio High School Track and Field championships this past weekend definitely had a Buckeye flavor to them. Numerous future Buckeyes as well as current recruiting targets took home hardware including Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary star Doran Grant. The future Ohio State defensive back took home second place in the 110-meter hurdles and also added a first place finish in the 4x100 relay.

"Me and my teammates have been talking about that all season," said Grant of the first place finish. "Every meet we talk about just getting faster and faster and one day we're just going to peak and run away and that is what we did in the final."

Grant wasn't the only member of Ohio State's 2011 class to bring home a gold medal on Saturday.

"Mike (Bennett) got gold, Devin (Smith) got gold, and then I got gold, we're just trying to come out here and represent for Ohio State," he said.

Grant won't report to Ohio State until June 19th, the day after he participates in the Big 33 game. The news of Jim Tressel's resignation so close to the day he was due to report certainly caught him off guard.

"Actually my Dad called me, he kept calling and calling and I kept ignoring his calls because it was early and I wasn't trying to wake up," he said. "Then I just said maybe it's important and I should call him and he told me and I turned on the TV and it said coach Tressel had resigned."

The hours and days that followed were arguably the most hectic for Grant since the recruiting process began for him three years ago.

"It was crazy," Grant said. "Everybody was calling me wanting to know what was going on, family, friends, media, everything. Everyone at school wanted to know if I was leaving but I was like 'no, I'm going to Ohio State'."

Grant spoke with assistant coach Taver Johnson on Monday and while he hasn't spoken with interim head coach Luke Fickell yet, Grant gained plenty of familiarity with Fickell during the recruiting process and is confident in his abilities to lead the program.

"He's a good guy," Grant said. "He'll discipline you if he has to but he's a good coach and he knows what he's doing. He's a player's coach."

As for Tressel, Grant still holds him in high regard and is disappointed by the negativity that is being displayed towards the former coach.

"I don't like hearing the negative talk about coach Tressel," he said. "Everybody wants to say that he's a liar and he's a cheat or that he thinks he's stronger than the NCAA. It's not that at all, they are taking that the wrong way. I think some of the media and some of the people out there are just glad that he's out."

As for Grant's plans for this fall, sitting the bench definitely isn't among them. The top ranked defensive back in Ohio is hoping to make an early impact.

"That's the plan, for me to come in and learn the system and try and help out the team," he said.


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