Janarion Grant, Pasco ATH (6-foot, 185 pounds)
The latest: The Pirates junior receiver/defensive back picked up an offer from Ball State on Thursday, Pasco coach Tom McHugh confirmed in a text message. The news comes a day after the Cardinals offered another North Suncoast prospect, Nature Coast DB/RB Matt Breida. Grant defended his Class 2A state title in the long jump last weekend with a leap of 23 feet, 2 inches. UF is expected to stop by Pasco’s practice Friday.
Offers: USF, Rutgers, UMass, Western Kentucky, UConn, East Carolina, Texas Tech, Ball State
Last season: Grant racked up 28 touchdowns and more than 1,800 total yards to help the Pirates advance to the Class 5A state semifinals. He was among Tampa Bay’s leaders with 18 touchdowns and almost 1,000 receiving yards. He also rushed for five touchdowns, had four special teams TDs and returned an interception 102 yards for a score against Jesuit in the region final.
They say: Rivals calls Grant a three-star prospect at receiver. Scout considers him a three-star talent and the nation’s No. 36 cornerback prospect.
We say: Grant is one of Tampa Bay’s most electric athletes and top playmakers. He was the Times’ North Suncoast co-player of the year as a junior and was an all-Suncoast selection. Expect him to get more offers as spring practice continues and colleges stop by to evaluate him, RB David Emmanuel and DL Joey Ivie.