Sam Grant Down to Michigan and Oklahoma, Expected to Commit This Weekend

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIJanuary 27, 2012

Brady Hoke and the Wolverines are hoping to add a third tight end to their 2012 recruiting class.
Brady Hoke and the Wolverines are hoping to add a third tight end to their 2012 recruiting class.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The nation's No. 35 ranked tight end according to Rivals.comSam Grant (North Royalton, OH), de-comitted from Boston College last Saturday and has narrowed his potential list of suitors down to Michigan and Oklahoma. 

According to Grant's mother, Pam Grant, the in-home visit from Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison went extremely well and her son will likely make a decision about his future this weekend. 

"He had his in-home with Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison last night," Pam said. "I guess it went very well, because they were here quite a while. He had all of his questions answered. 

"He's in school today, but I think he's planning on a weekend decision. That's about all I know for sure." 

There have been some rumors swirling that Grant is also considering Arkansas, because he took an official visit there in mid-December, however his mother says that is not the case. 

"In all honesty, I would say Oklahoma and Michigan are right at the top," Pam said. "They're the only two he's deciding between right now." 

Grant had been committed to Boston College since his junior year of high school, but since then he has garnered a lot more national attention on the recruiting trail and the number of elite programs offering him scholarships forced the 3-star tight end to reconsider.  

Michigan may have also had a hand in Grant re-opening his recruitment due to the fact current Wolverine 5-star offensive tackle commit and Grant's high school teammate Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, OH) has been in his ear for quite a while now about coming to Ann Arbor. 

The chatter from Kalis was enough to get Grant onto campus for an official visit the weekend of December 9th and the 6'6", 245-pound prospect made an unexpected return trip to Ann Arbor two weeks ago for an unofficial visit. 

The Wolverines have also been in need of a third tight end in this year's recruiting class since 4-star recruit Pharaoh Brown (Lyndhurst, OH) took and official visit to Oregon last fall and the Michigan coaching staff no longer considered him a commitment due to their recruiting policy. 

Brown has since committed to Oregon and is the No. 3 tight end and No. 154 prospect nationally. 

Not much has been discussed publicly about Grant's official visit to Oklahoma or his interest in the Sooners, but when a program that has produced NFL tight ends such as Jermaine Gresham and Brody Eldridge it is hard to not be intrigued by a chance to play in that kind of offense. 

There is no indication as to which way Grant is leaning, so both schools and fans of the respective programs will just have to wait until the end of this weekend to see where the Ohio tight end will continue his football career.


Zach Dirlam is the Lead Editor of College Basketball and Big Ten Columnist for the Fox Sports, MSN and YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. He is also undergoing a trial period as a Michigan Football Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story along with other articles and video reports on the major sports. Follow him on Twitter @ZachDirlam_SPAW!