Last week’s decision by Lake Taylor defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes to commit to Ohio State left me wondering how former Hermitage linebacker Curtis Grant has done since he signed with the Buckeyes in 2011.
Grant was rated the No. 1 prospect in Virginia following the 2010 season, heading a top five that included defensive back Demetrious Nicholson (Virginia), linebacker Travis Hughes (Maryland), wide receiver Quinta Funderburke (Arkansas) and defensive lineman Corey Marshall (Virginia Tech).
In his first two seasons in Columbus, Grant, who was not redshirted, has a total of 10 tackles in 18 games. He won the starting job at middle linebacker prior to last season, when he started three games, but he subsequently came off the bench while playing in five of nine games.
While Nicholson hasn’t necessarily been a star for Virginia, he has started the first 25 games of his career. Hughes has made three starts in two years at North Carolina, where he ranked 11th on the team in tackles last year.
Funderburk, now at Syracuse, has yet to play in a college game after redshirting as a freshman at Arkansas and then sitting out the 2012 season as a transfer. After two years at Virginia Tech, Marshall has played in 27 games, with five starts. He was held out of the spring game because of bad knees.
It’s hard to say that anybody in that class has really distinguished himself yet but one of the biggest overachievers would be Virginia Tech’s Demetri Knowles, a wide receiver from Freeport, Bahamas, by way of Lynchburg’s Liberty Christian, who had 19 receptions for 240 yards last year as a redshirt freshman and was 12th in Division I in kickoff returns.
Knowles was the 27th-ranked prospect in The Roanoke Times that year – 23 spots behind Funderburk, still looking for his first collegiate reception. The No. 28 player on that list, Stone Bridge safety Spencer Rositano, has started in 14 of the 21 games in which he has played at Boston College.
Then, you’ve got the likes of Lafonte Thourogood, who originally committed to Tech, signed with Vanderbilt and then transferred to James Madison, where he was moved to running back but had hamstring problems that kept him off ther field in 2012.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Sorry for abbreviated note. Ran out of time with annual basketball recruiting package slated for Sunday’s print edition. Plenty of lists and individual stories on Tech and UVa. — DD