September 1, 2008

Grant nearly pulls trigger on commitment

Terrell Grant almost made a commitment on Sunday night.

Instead, the fast-rising wide receiver prospect from Cleveland, Miss., decided to let his emotions settle down and give his college decision a little more thought.

"I think I should just wait an extra week or two to make my decision," said Grant, who had two catches for 20 yards in a 14-7 win over Bolivar County Friday night.

However, Grant's unofficial visit to Ole Miss has put the Rebels in the driver's seat in the race for the services of the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder who wowed Ole Miss coaches by running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at the Rebels' elite camp in late July.

"It was wonderful," Grant said, referring to his Saturday in Oxford, one that was capped by a 41-24 Ole Miss win over Memphis at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. "I enjoyed it a lot. I got a chance to meet a lot of potential players. I talked to Clayton Moore for a good little while. I saw Justin Bean and Chad Bumphis and Turell Williams.

Grant and Moore, Grant said, have struck up a friendship in recent weeks, one that seems to be helping Ole Miss' cause quite a bit.

"We talked about our high school games," Grant said. "He's trying to get his team to a championship by any means necessary. We talked about joining Ole Miss. He's coming, but we were talking about coming as a duo together. Things like that. Basically, he was recruiting me. That's my boy.

"I got a chance to talk to him a couple of weeks ago. He called me on our first day of practice. He called me that morning and we talked a good little while and got a chance to get to know each other. We've kept in touch. He's been basically mentoring me in a way and keeping me focused and I've been doing the same for him. We're staying close."

Grant didn't do a lot of talking to Moore, Bean, Bumphis or anyone else during Saturday's game, primarily because he wanted to check out Ole Miss' new offense, one that combines elements from Houston Nutt and Kent Austin.

"I enjoyed it," Grant said. "I liked everything about the offense. I saw Shay Hodge had two touchdowns. I like the way they're doing the option. They're using Dexter, too, with them putting him at quarterback. The passing game, I love it. They're going deep. That's one thing I do want to see. I wanted to see that Ole Miss wasn't scared to throw it deep to big receivers and let them make plays for their team.

"I understand the offense a little bit and I think I could come in and adjust to it. It looked pretty good. I could tell Coach Dickerson is doing a good job. I liked their routes and I don't think they had any dropped passes. Overall, the offense is very good. I liked it. I could see myself playing in it. Hopefully, I could. I'll be making a decision pretty soon."

Grant also wanted to see the in-game atmosphere at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. On that front, the Rebels passed the test in flying colors.

"The fans kept the stadium live the whole time," Grant said. "I was behind a Memphis fan and he was talking noise about Ole Miss and at the same time, the Ole Miss fans around me were talking noise back to him. Every Ole Miss got a first down, they'd say, 'First down, Ole Miss Rebels.' That's one thing you want to see -- the fans getting into it. They have a lot of expectations and it felt very good.

"Everything just felt right. Ole Miss just seems like a place where you can get comfortable real quick. I feel very comfortable."

Last week, Grant had indicated that he planned to take in Mississippi State's home opener Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana before making a decision. Now, that trip to Starkville is tentative at best. Instead, Grant might be planning to stay home to watch Ole Miss' game at Wake Forest Saturday afternoon.

"I don't know if I'm going to for sure," Grant said. "I am getting pretty close to a commitment. I just want to make sure and keep in touch with the coaches and see how everything goes."

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