Alabama and Nick Saban are commanding the respect and attention of a lot of top high school prospects these days and the Crimson Tide recently extended an offer to one of Virginia's finest from the Class of 2011.
Curtis Grant, a 6-foot-3, 222-pound outside linebacker from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and is sure to rank as one of the top prospects in the region when those lists come out.
Up until recently Grant was holding onto offers from Miami, North Carolina, West Virginia, the in-state schools and others, and the Crimson Tide has now inserted themselves into the mix.
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"Alabama has offered me a full scholarship," Grant explained on Thursday evening. "It was kind of a three-day process. I talked to the recruiting coach, then the defensive coordinator, and then the head coach.
"I guess the recruiting coordinator liked my film and showed the coordinator and then he showed the head coach (Nick Saban).
"It was exciting. We had a good conversation. He basically told me what they're all about and what the school is like. I'll know a little bit about what to expect before I go down there."
Grant said he would like to visit Tuscaloosa sometime between now and the summer.
He is also hoping to visit Florida, but that could come much sooner as he's hoping to make the trip to Gainesville in about a week. He doesn't know where he stands with the Gators, but is just anxious to make it down for a junior day.
Grant was supposed to visit Duke recently but the Blue Devils had to postpone their junior day because of severe winter weather.