January 18, 2009

Grant ready to help Rebels get to next level

As Ole Miss has moved into position to fight for some of the South's top wide receivers, one of the Rebels' early commitments has sometimes been forgotten.

That hasn't really bothered Cleveland, Miss., three-star wide receiver Terrell Grant. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder chose the Rebels in early September and quietly went about his senior season. On Sunday, Grant wrapped up an official visit to his future college home.

"It went real good," Grant said. "It was better than I thought it would be. It was a lot of fun. I met a lot of players and prospects. I liked them all. It was a lot of fun for me. I'm most definitely solid with my commitment. I'm 100 percent."

Grant, who chose Ole Miss over Mississippi State, met with offensive coordinator Kent Austin and wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr. before later sitting down with Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.

"They're saying they're losing Mike Wallace and they need a guy to step in and do the things he was doing," Grant said. "They were saying, 'The more versatile you are in this offense, the more valuable you are the team.' They want me to move around in the slot and on special teams. They have a lot of faith in me."

Grant, who was hosted by senior fullback Jason Cook on Friday and sophomore wide receiver Lionel Breaux on Saturday, also got to meet several of his future classmates during his weekend in Oxford.

"One person I really got acquainted with was Ryan Campbell. He's real cool. We jumped out. We've got a lot of chemistry together. We're even talking about being roommates together. I got real cool with Dele Junaid and Frank Crawford."

Grant also spent some time recruiting for the Rebels, focusing primarily on fellow wide receivers Marlon Brown and Lamar Scruggs. Brown will wrap up his official visit to Ole Miss on Monday, while Scruggs is still considering South Carolina and Illinois.

"Marlon was saying he loved Coach Nutt," Grant said. "He said there was something different about him. We think we can come and be serious about football and have fun at the same time. (Scruggs) said he really, really likes it. It's my belief he wants to come. He said he has to go on one more visit. He'd be a big addition to our receiving corps. After Shay (Hodge) and Markeith (Summers) leave, guys like us are going to have to step up."

As for his collegiate future, Grant was excited with the Rebels' finish. Ole Miss started 3-4 before winning six in a row, including a 47-34 win over Texas Tech in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 2 in Dallas.

"I really wanted Ole Miss to get ranked," Grant said. "They did that and then they beat Texas Tech. I believe we're going to move up even more and that's going to give us more exposure and more respect around the nation. Jevan (Snead) really came on and Dexter (McCluster) did his thing. So did Shay and Mike. They didn't really surprise me, but it wasn't expected by everybody else. I'm glad they did do all that. It's going to be a good year in the 2009 season."

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