After the 2010 season, the Hawkeyes empty out at wide receiver.
Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Colin Sandeman, Paul Chaney Jr. and Don Nordmann will be gone. Who knows with Marvin McNutt. Another giant season and, however much it makes Iowa fans cringe, McNutt might have “a decision to make.”
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Anyway, Iowa can flash opportunity to wide receiver recruits for the 2011 class.
That was one of the things that got Marcus Grant’s attention.
“I think they’re graduating four and I think they have Keenan (Davis) and McNutt coming back,” Grant said. “The opportunity got my attention. Coach (Erik) Campbell told me they play five or six wide receivers every game. That definitely was a factor in my decision.”
Grant, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, was Iowa’s first commitment for the 2011 class. He made the leap after visiting Iowa City in March. He picked the Hawkeyes over offers from Syracuse and Connecticut.
“What really set it apart for me was the relationship I built with the coaching staff,” Grant said. “I was talking to them every couple days. The relationship I had with them and I felt comfortable, that tied into my decision. And the fact that they gave me the opportunity to play big-time football and to come in right away. That’s always been my dream.”
Links -- Here's a solid piece on Lawrence Academy's recruits, including one that got away for Iowa. Mike Orloff decommitted two days before signing day and signed with UCLA. Remember this one. This late shift saw Orloff leave and Marcus Collins come in. Let's see how that works out. Not trying to raise ill will, but rarely do we see the exact one-for-one in recruiting.
Three most interesting bio items -- 1) Two-time Boston Herald all-scholastic selection. 2) ESPN Boston Top 10 student-athlete as a senior. 3) Has a 3.1 GPA. Don't see too many GPAs listed.
Ferentz on -- Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson commented on Iowa's WRs in this class.
"We offered Grant and got him done early," Johnson said.
This is what happens when kids commit early. Iowa didn't have to do a lot of babysitting, so Grant was, not taken for granted, but low maintenance so not a recent memory.
That's good, though. Low maintenance is good, especially at wide receiver.
Projection is fun -- First and foremost, Grant is a WR.
But I have seen a few pictures (Google) of him playing basketball. That's a frame that can go a lot of ways. He gets into a weightroom, you can see potential for outside linebacker.
But WR mentality is way different. Iowa likes the 6-3 WR. Grant fits the mold. You can see him run the post that Marvin McNutt runs in his highlight video. He's physical, uses his hands on defenders well and knows how to stack a defensive back.
It'll be interesting to see how he grows.