Doran Grant picks Bucks over Sparty

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Despite a heavy courtship from Michigan State, four-star defensive back Doran Grant (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent & Mary's) will follow his heart and head to Ohio State.

"The coaching staff is strong from coach [Jim] Tressel to the position coaches," Grant said. "It's a place where a lot of good defensive backs have went in the past."

Grant had family ties to Michigan State, where his father is an alum, but the 5-foot-11, 177-pounder went another direction.

"This was the place that I felt most comfortable at," Grant said. "My family is excited for me and always encouraged me to make my own decision."

Grant, the No. 66-rated player in the country, is the Buckeyes 20th commitment overall and sixth in the ESPNU 150. A superb coverage cornerback, Grant wasn't tested often as a senior but grabbed two interceptions and six pass breakups.

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.