Curtis Grant: Does Ohio State or Florida Have the Edge In THe Hunt to Sign Him?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2011

Curtis Grant
Curtis Grant

Curtis Grant, a 5-star linebacker, has remained undeclared throughout the 2011 recruiting season. 

After considering reported offers from North Carolina, Virginia and Michigan, Grant has dwindled his college finalists down to Florida and Ohio State. 

With less than three weeks to go before National Signing Day, who has the edge? 

Grant, who is the No. 3 inside linebacker in the country according to ESPNU, has terrific speed and athleticism and can excel against the run just as much as he can against the pass. 

Ohio State has a decent-not spectacular-2011 recruiting class but does have fourth-ranked and 4-star outside linebacker Ryan Shazier committed. If Grant were to declare to the Buckeyes, the thoughts of these two dominant players together on the field should make fans of Ohio State drool. 

Adding Grant to a recruiting class that features 4-star defensive end Steve Miller, 4-star cornerback Doran Gran and 4-star safety Jeremy Cash would give the Buckeyes Top 15 talent at nearly every spot on the defensive side of the field. 

Grant should look at Ohio State's 2011 class as a place where he could shine at his own position while gaining support from a well-balanced class around him. 

At Florida, Grant would certainly succeed, but perhaps the opportunity wouldn't be as clear cut than the one at Ohio State. 

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The Gators have a decent class, despite the coaching change midway through the recruiting season. Still, most of Florida's top recruits are on the offensive side of the ball. 

If Grant wants to succeed and be part of a top-flight defense, Ohio State is the place for him. 

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