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Utah football recruiting commit: Jake Grant, Scottsdale offensive lineman

Utah has landed perhaps their best overall prospect so far for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

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Gene Sweeney Jr.

Utah has landed a commitment from Scottsdale (Az.) Horizon offensive lineman Jake Grant after his visit this weekend to Utah's Junior Day. Grant is one of the top offensive line recruits in the 2015 recruiting class. Utah is currently his only major offer.

Here are his rankings from the major recruiting services.

  • 247Sports: Four stars (90), 5th best Arizona recruit, 15th best offensive guard
  • Scout: Three stars, 40th best offensive guard
  • Rivals: Three stars (5.6)
  • ESPN: Three stars

Here are Grant's junior highlights on Hudl. You can watch his sophomore highlights below.

Grant talked to Richard Obert of azcentral about his commitment. He was definitely motivated by the game day experience from an unofficial visit (he was present for Utah's shocking win over Stanford) and is really impressed by the effort the coaching staff put into his recruitment.

Utah coaches sent him hand-written letters and basically rolled out the red carpet to Grant.
"You can't do much better than what they did for me," Grant said. "They're really committed there. Alex Smith just donated a half a million dollars. I feel we'll be able to contend for a Pac-12 South championship when I'm there."

More on Grant's commitment can be found below. This is Utah's fifth commitment of the 2015 class, joining Corey Butler, Zach Lindsay, Brandon Snell, and Tuli Wily-Matagi.

Grant just looks like a really tough kid who excels at making the faces of his opponents meet turf. His junior Hudl reel is basically a compilation of him pulling or accelerating downfield to find a linebacker to pummel. He isn't that quick yet and tends to stand a bit upright, but he knows how to engage and get his paws on a defender and take him to the ground. The number of pancakes that he unleashes in this tape is pretty revealing, and you get the feeling Grant is going to develop into a nasty interior lineman as soon as he brushes up on fundamentals and gets the college conditioning down.