June 15, 2010
Grady looking to bring his versatility north?
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood athlete Joshua Grady is listed as a three star quarterback on Rivals.com, but the prospect can play multiple positions. One school that likes his versatility is Syracuse.
Grady, 6-foot-1, 192 pounds had a very long talk with coaches from Syracuse a couple weeks back and that started the ball rolling in the right direction for the prospect.
"The Syracuse offer came in last Tuesday. I talked with the offensive coordinator for about an hour and the next day they called me and they said they were going to offer."
Many Florida prospects do not know much about the Orange at the start of the recruiting process, in this case things are different.
"I know a lot about Syracuse because I have a lot of family up there. I know Donovan McNabb went there and they were successful when he played. I know they are trying to get it back to where they used to be. I am real excited just to go up there in the summer and see how everything goes."
The Orange coach that is in charge of looking after Grady during this process is new quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett. The coach and the prospect have not been talking for the longest time, but they have developed a solid relationship.
"I have been talking with Coach Hackett the quarterbacks coach. Our relationship is good he has a real good personality. He likes to joke around a lot and that is what I like in a coach. Right now everything is going well between us."
Right now he knows a decent amount about the Orange and he likes the coaching staff, what exactly are his overall thoughts about the program at this time?
"I like it so far. As far as the academics go I know that Syracuse is at the top just like then being in New York attracts me. For the football like I said I am going to go up in the summer and get to know all of the coaches and get a feel for the atmosphere. Then we will see from there."
Rivals.com may have Grady listed as a quarterback, but Syracuse has yet to say where they want to play Grady. The Sunshine State product thinks that a visit to them will clear up any questions they have as far as his position.
"They said that they really don't know right now. When I go up in the summer I will talk with the quarterbacks coach, receivers coach, and defensive back coach then get to know what they want me to do. Right now I am not sure what they want."
Even though a visit has been talked about nothing has been set up yet. This week Grady is going to sit down and plan out his summer trips.
"My dad and I our planning out my visit calendar this week. From there we will see when Coach Hackett is available and I will probably do a one day thing up there," Grady added. "My other visits right now are to Wake Forest, Iowa, Iowa State, basically all the schools that have offered me as of now."
Since receiving the offer from Syracuse a few other schools tossed their hats in and Grady thinks he knows who could be next.
"Wake Forest, Connecticut, Duke, and Florida Atlantic came in with offers after Syracuse," Grady said. "So far Cincinnati is interested and I am probably going to go up there to a camp, they just said they have to see me in person. Georgia Tech and Clemson also seem like they are on the verge of offering."
When it comes down to picking one of the schools that has offered the prospect already has a few things he will be looking for in a school.
"Above anything I am going to be looking for academics because I want to go to a school where I can get a great education and other than that I just want to feel comfortable at the school. I also don't want it to be just a college, but a home away from home."
A decision time has not been set at this time. A plan has been started though to narrow down his list and then make a commitment.
"Right now I know I am going to narrow down my list right before the season and commit probably about six weeks into the season, so I get it out of the way before the playoffs. It will probably be sometime around early to late October."
Last season Grady compiled great numbers 180 for 295 for 3,065 yards passing yards, 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
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