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Pasco ATH Janarion Grant has orally committed to Rutgers, Grant confirmed Tuesday in a text message.
The three-star recruit chose the Scarlet Knights because of the school's academics. He also held offers from USF, East Carolina, Houston and West Virginia, among others, and took an official visit to Rutgers over the weekend. The Times ranks him eighth among Tampa Bay’s top senior prospects.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior was one of Tampa Bay’s most electric players and ended his career as one of the most prolific talents in North Suncoast history. He shared honors as the Times’ North Suncoast Player of the Year each of the last two seasons, and his 77 career touchdowns are believed to be a record in Pasco/Hernando Counties. He earned first-team all-North Suncoast honors during all four of his varsity seasons while helping the Pirates advance to the 2011 state semifinals and the region finals in 2012.
Grant accounted for 20 touchdowns as a senior, despite missing six games with a broken hand. Although Rutgers is recruiting him as a receiver, he lined up at quarterback, running back, receiver, kick returner and defensive back and scored five different ways – passing, rushing, receiving and interception/kickoff returns. He is also the two-time defending state champion in the long jump.
Grant comes from the first family of North Suncoast football. His uncles, Darren and Troy Hambrick, led Pasco to the 1992 state championship before advancing to the NFL. Grant’s cousin, Hernando pass rusher Darren Hambrick, holds a handful of Division I offers.
Oral commitments are non-binding until recruits sign national letters of intent. Signing day is next Wednesday.
You can check out Grant’s highlight reel below.