SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Trying to get Curtis Grant to talk in depth about the recruiting process can be a chore.
The Richmond, Va., Hermitage linebacker might be considered the top prospect at his position, but he won’t let you know that with his words. He hardly lets you know anything at all, really.
But the five-star prospect momentarily came out of his shell following Thursday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice. Grant listed his final four schools and took a little time to discuss each of them.
Grant listed Florida, Ohio State, Virginia and North Carolina as his finalists. Ohio State is the only school he has officially visited so far.
“I had a great time up there,” Grant said of his December visit to Columbus, Ohio. “It was my first time up there. It was a great place.”
Grant will visit Florida on the Jan. 13, followed by North Carolina on the 21st. Grant will then conclude the recruiting season with a trip to Virginia.
Florida has always been a school Grant has been very interested in. He listed UF as his top school over the summer before deciding to make each school even. Even though he was very close with former coach Urban Meyer, Grant never wavered on visiting Gainesville even after Meyer’s resignation.
Grant’s interest in Florida hasn’t lessened with the hire of former Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
“I looked at his track record,” Grant said of Muschamp. “He has a pretty good track record. He’s won a few championships and he’s put a lot of players in the (National Football) League.
“The Gators are still in my top four. I’m still getting to know Coach Muschamp and the rest of the new staff that he’s hiring, so they are still up there, too.”
Florida is getting extra help this week from East teammate, running back Mike Blakely, who will enroll at Florida Monday.
“He’s recruiting me,” Grant said. “Blakely, me and him are real cool right now. We’re still getting to know each other and talking about things, but other than that we’ve just been chilling.”
North Carolina is a school Grant said he’s been interested in for a while. He’s unofficially visited a few times and has grown comfortable with the Tar Heels’ coaching staff.
But Grant might have the closest relationship with Virginia coach Mike London. Grant kept in contact with him while London was the head coach at Richmond from 2008-09.
“I already knew the coaches before they even got to Virginia, so I had already built a relationship with them before they even got there,” Grant said. “That’s why I like them a lot.”
Grant isn’t in a hurry to make a decision and said he will make things official on Feb. 2, during a National Signing Day ceremony.