September 8, 2009

Grant talks Tide offense

Alabama's thrilling win over Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome made a huge statement to the college football world with millions of viewers watching from around the country. Among those viewers on Saturday was Crimson Tide running back commit Corey Grant, who came away very impressed with the Tide's effort against the Hokies.

"I saw most of the game and I was definitely impressed," said Grant. "I thought they looked as good as any team in the country last weekend."

The 5-foot-10, 186-pound Grant makes plays in a variety of ways for Opelika High School, leading his team to a blowout win last week with three touchdowns and over 100 yards of offense. The versatile athlete said he was pleased to see Alabama branching out with its offense, in particular its use of the Wildcat formation.

"It was exciting to see them trying new things on offense and mixing it up a little. When they were recruiting me, the coaches told me they had planned to start opening things up and using their athletes in different ways so this game showed me they weren't joking around."

While Grant has not yet scheduled an official visit to Tuscaloosa for this fall, the nation's No. 10 running back prospect said he will almost certainly make it to Bryant-Denny Stadium for at least one home game this season.

"The atmosphere seemed just crazy on TV. The Alabama fans were going crazy. I am really looking forward to getting to play in front of fans like that. I don't have it planned just yet but I'm sure I will make it to a couple of games in Tuscaloosa this year."

Meanwhile, Grant and his Opelika teammates have looked dominant in their first two games of the season and look to be headed towards a potentially memorable season.

"We're doing pretty good so far. We seem to be starting slow in our games before we can put it all together on offense but I think we'll figure out how to get things going a little faster as the season goes on. I've been pretty happy with my own performance so far but there are definitely certain areas I need to improve on."

"Once the season is done I'm going to focus on working out and keeping my grades up. I feel so blessed to be in a position to play football at the next level and I want to make sure that I do everything I need to do to make the most of that opportunity."

Grant boasts a 4.4 forty, a 290-pound bench press and a 460-pound squat. As a junior, Grant accounted for 17 touchdowns with 674 yards rushing and 328 yards receiving.

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