Steelers fourth-round draft pick Doran Grant has received considerably less attention than other members of his draft class. Amid concerns about Senquez Golson's size-- and comments about his talent-- and observations about Holliman's ballhawkishness and tackling, Grant has fallen through the cracks in terms of media coverage and buzz. Today we're taking a look at young Doran Grant, and later in the week we will provide a look at his career at Ohio State.
Grant's highlights from his time at St. Vincent-St. Mary high school in Akron, Ohio, where he played both WR and DB show a gifted player blessed with athleticism and football intelligence. Even back then his acceleration, agility, awareness, and quickness were apparent along with an uncanny ability to evade defenders (as a WR and kick returner) and turn big plays into huge ones.
Clips from his sophomore year in high school are equally impressive.
Grant also shows poise with the media as he talks about his upcoming freshman year at Ohio State. He found himself in a position similar to his current situation with the Steelers, when he was asked if he thought he would get playing time as a freshman. He also discussed adjusting to the speed of the game, an adjustment he is surely making as he transitions to the NFL. Check out comments from young Doran Grant starting at 2:35.
Doran Grant talked about all-star games, signing day, and his off-season plans to play basketball in this interview from his high school years.
St. Vincent St. Mary is also the alma mater of LeBron James, hopefully Doran Grant will end up being another notable alumnus by the time his career with the Steelers is complete.