August 27, 2008

Grant getting close to a decision

Terrell Grant opens his much-anticipated senior season Friday night at Bolivar County.

That's just the beginning of what could be a really pivotal couple of weeks in the life of the fast-rising wide receiver from Cleveland, Miss. Grant has a couple of unofficial visits planned for the next two weeks and he indicated Wednesday night that he could be making a commitment to his college of choice after the second of those two trips -- or as early as this weekend.

Grant's travels begin Saturday when he makes the trip over to Oxford to check out Ole Miss' season-opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium against Memphis.

"I told them I really want to come down and see what Ole Miss' passing game is like," Grant said. "I want to be around some of the players and see the intensity and the atmosphere there."

Asked if Ole Miss leads, Grant said, "I guess you could say that. As far as the coaches and players, they have everything I want. I'm just waiting for the game. It's going to be great."

Grant said it's down to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He's getting letters virtually every day from both programs.

"I'm getting close to a decision," Grant said. "I might make one earlier than I thought I would. I might make one in the next couple of weeks to secure a spot. I know I want to stay in Mississippi. Pretty soon, I'm going to make a decision."

Grant said he wants to go to Starkville on Sept. 6 to see the Bulldogs' home opener against Southeastern Louisiana. Mississippi State opens its season Saturday at Louisiana Tech. Ole Miss will be at Wake Forest when Mississippi State turns on the lights at Scott Field for the first time this season.

"It could possibly lead to something very soon," Grant said. "If I go to this game and see what Ole Miss has to offer and I like what I see from their passing game, I might make a decision then but I want to see Mississippi State too.

"As of now, neither of them are forcing me to make a decision and I'm glad of that. I'm trying to prepare for this game Friday and for the rest of the season. They know I want to make my decision on my own time and not be forced into anything. I want to make the decision for myself and make sure it's the best decision for me and my family. Both schools respect that."

One advantage Ole Miss appears to have in the race for Grant's speedy services is his relationship with freshman cornerback Derrick Herman. The two former high school teammates speak often, and Herman is turning into quite the college recruiter.

"Derrick tells me he's loving it," Grant said. "He said he loves Coach Nutt and Coach Nix. He talks to Coach Dickerson about me. He's telling me that Ole Miss is a good school to come to. They said it's a party school, but he knows me and he knows I want to get my education first. He's the same way. He said the environment is good and he's loving it. He said the teachers are friendly and they're trying to help him out. Everything he's telling me is what I want to hear and what I'm looking for."

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