LSU has made a name for itself over the years for possessing a tenacious defense. That is due to the types of players the Tigers recruit.
LSU keys in on prospects that swarm to the ball while hunting down ball carriers from sideline-to-sideline. One product that matches the typical LSU defensive mold is Richmond (Va.) Hermitage product Curtis Grant (6'3, 226, 4.5).
Grant, who is rated by Scout.com as the No. 20 overall prospect (No.2 OLB) in the Class of 2011, racked up 154 tackles last season including six sacks. Those numbers brought home All-State, All-District, All-Metro, and Metro Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as a slew of scholarship offers.
“My recruitment has gone a little faster than I expected it to, but it’s a slow process and you have to see who you like and who you don’t like before you do anything,” Grant said. Right now I have 23 offers, but I don’t think I’ll have my list narrowed down until June or July. And even then, I’m not sure how many teams I’ll have it narrowed down to.”
Some of the programs that have extended an offer include Alabama, LSU, Duke, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others. Of those places, Grant has already visited North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Duke, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. However, only one of those schools truly separated itself from the pack.
“Florida,” Grant said of the visit that stood out the most so far. “It was nice down there. You can just feel the vibe when you’re there in the Swamp. It is a live place.”
Another place that has had similar reviews from past players, coaches, opponents, and recruits is Death Valley in Baton Rouge. It also happens to be a campus Grant hopes to take in over the summer break.
“I talked to coach Chavis from LSU on Sunday,” Grant informed. “He was just checking up on me and seeing how I’ve been doing. He wants me to come down during the summer time and I think I will be able to make that trip.
“I’ve only been down to LSU once and that was with my brother. He drives big rigs and when we were in Baton Rouge we drove past the stadium. At the time I was young, but I remember being excited when I saw it.”
According to the five-star prospect, the image he recalls of Tiger Stadium is just a small component of what has him eager to unravel more about LSU.
“I don’t know much about LSU, but I know it seems like they have a good team every year,” Grant said. “I also know they produce a lot of good defensive players.
“I’m really interested in LSU, though, because of the way they play. They have aggressive defensive ball players. They’re a very live team too like Florida. They’re also in the SEC and I’m attracted to that conference because they have a little bit of everything - powerhouse teams, teams based on speed, and balanced teams. They have it all.”