Curtis Grant delivered a crushing National Signing Day blow to Florida’s 2011 class Wednesday when he committed to Ohio State.
For most of the recruiting season, the Richmond, Va., Hermitage linebacker back, whom Rivals.com ranked as the nation’s No. 1 middle linebacker, kept the Gators near or at the top of his list.
However, things began to change for Grant after Urban Meyer’s sudden resignation in December. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel really made a very good impression on Grant and his family.
Though Grant officially visited Florida earlier this month and warmed up to new Florida coach Will Muschamp, his relationship with Tressel proved to be too much.
Grant was Florida’s biggest target left on its recruiting board Wednesday and he would have filled a major hole at linebacker. Florida’s only linebacker commitment came from Middletown, Conn., Xavier linebacker Graham Stewart, who stands at 6-foot-1, 216 pounds.