September 30, 2010

Grant plans OSU visit

Last fall, Lakewood St. Edward finished 4-6 and missed qualifying for the Ohio football playoffs. Following the season, the Eagles dedicated themselves to improving every day.

Already their hard work has paid off as they have started the 2010 season with a 5-0 record.

Junior tight end Sam Grant has benefited in other ways, too. To improve his skills he attended Ohio State's summer camp. He performed so well there he was invited to return, this time as a guest of the Buckeyes.

"The camp went real well. The (Ohio State) coaches said I did real well and they talked to my coach and told me to give them a call," Grant said. "I talked to coach (Taver) Johnson. He then invited me to come down to a game."

With so many Saturday games on the Eagles' schedule, it has been difficult for Grant, a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder from North Royalton, to make it down to Columbus. That will change next weekend when St. Edward travels to Columbus on Friday for a game against Columbus DeSales.

Grant will spend the night and attend Ohio State's game against Indiana the following day.

During Ohio State's camp Grant said he performed well in drills, especially the Star Drill and Cone Drill, two of his specialties. On Day 2 of camp he had the chance to watch the Buckeyes in action.

"They asked us if anybody wanted to see the team get in a lift," he said. "It was pretty cool."

Watching the Buckeyes prepare only served as more motivation for Grant, who hopes to one day play at the next level.

"My No. 1 goal is to play college football," he said.

In addition to Ohio State, Grant has received game invites from Kentucky, Northwestern and Cincinnati. He's also receiving daily mail from Wisconsin, Michigan and several other Big Ten teams.

"I really like OSU, Northwestern, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Notre Dame would be awesome, too," he said.

Last season, Grant spent most of his time on the varsity special teams and started for the junior varsity squad.

Through five games of his junior season he has caught just two passes, but he's active in the Eagles offense.

"Things are going really well even though I don't have a lot of catches this year," he said. "I'm doing a little bit of both: blocking and running routes."

Grant and the Eagles continue to keep their eyes on the ultimate prize, a state title, but they surely won't overlook any opponent.

"This season has been awesome. We worked extra hard to get the bad taste of last season out of our mouths," he said. "Our hard work is paying off. Everyone is all hyped up and we can't wait for our next game. We're taking it one game at a time. This week we have Benedictine and then we'll focus on DeSales."

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