At only 5-foot-7, Mesquite (Texas) Horn wide receiver Jakeem Grant was easily overlooked by college recruiters, even after a junior season in which he compiled 454 yards receiving, 223 yards rushing and nine total touchdowns. Grant was simply a fast receiver that was just too small.
That perception quickly changed this spring when colleges found out just how fast Grant is. Suddenly, colleges are having no problem finding the diminutive playmaker.
While Grant has made plenty of plays on the gridiron, his abilities may have been legitimized when he clocked a 10.3 in the 100 meters this spring. He also clocked a 21.7 in the 200. If not for a false start in the district prelims, Grant may have ran all the way to a state championship. Regardless, he was able to run his way to spring scholarship offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming, Wake Forest and Louisiana Tech.
"I'm excited about how many offers I'm getting," Grant said. "I didn't think that I would get that many offers because of my size and I thought that they were going to look at bigger receivers."
Along with his offers, Grant is getting interest from the likes of Minnesota, Houston, Texas Tech and Boise State. Currently, three schools stand out to him though.
"Louisiana Tech, Wyoming and Wake Forest, I love those schools," he said. "Louisiana Tech, I like the offense that they run. They run the same offense as us, the spread offense. They run wide receiver reverses and stuff like that. Wyoming has a great program and they also have our quarterback (Emory Miller from this year going up there that I have chemistry with. With Wake Forest, I watch their games and stuff on T.V."
With the recent success of smaller players in major college football such as Trindon Holliday at LSU or Jeffrey Demps at Florida, Grant may have a place at a major college program. Similar to those players, Grant may also have a place juggling a track career as well. Grant plans on playing football and running track in college.
"Wyoming, they said I can come down there and play track and play football too," he said. "Texas Tech, they sent me a letter about track too."
For his senior year, Grant plans on leaving no doubt that he is more than just a track star. His personal goals include over 1,000 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns.