Grant Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Janarion Grant

Pasco High (Tampa) athlete Janarion Grant talks about why he committed to Rutgers on Tuesday, and where he fits into the Scarlet Knights' offensive plans.

Janarion Grant left New Jersey on Sunday and continued to think about his Rutgers visit. And the more he thought about it, the more the Pasco High (Tampa) receiver wanted to be there.

So lunchtime Tuesday he phoned Rutgers coach Kyle Flood to give his commitment.

"I called coach Flood and told him I was committing," the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Grant said. "He was so proud. I made his day. He said I made his day and he's happy I want to go to the school there."

Grant chose Rutgers over East Carolina, South Florida and Kentucky. He was contemplating a weekend visit to Kentucky, but he said that will no longer take place and his recruitment is over.

"It's the education," Grant said of why Rutgers stood out. "I feel I can accomplish my goals by going there, and the academics are so high.

"I big thing was talking to the dean and having him giving us the information on how things are with people in the football program," Grant said. "I like how many young players they have up there, and the fit they have in trying to win a national championship."

Grant can play running back, but he was recruited by the Scarlet Knights to play receiver.

"I think I will play slot, and it's possible I can be both (slot and wide," he said. "They need a guy that can get the ball in open space and after make one guy miss the rest is history. I can be taking it to the house, or 20- to 30-plus yards after I catch it.

"They're going to use me in so many ways, and I can get involved in the offensive scheme in a lot of ways."

During his weekend official visit, Grant was one of the more popular recruits with the other prospects. Several spoke highly of him, and how he got along with everyone else.

"I could connect with them and talk with the student-athletes," Grant said. "We got a chance to meet with each other and learn a lot from each other. They were telling me I was a cool guy to hang around with, and I don't have any problems."

After making the trip to Rutgers, Grant said he had to speak with his family before making his decision.

"I told my family about it and coach Flood told my uncle about (Rutgers)," Grant said. "They were talking about things, and my uncle was talking with coach and breaking down pros and cons of what I like. …I'm glad I made my decision."

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