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Canadian receiver picking up interest

9/19/2012

Bigger is better as far as receivers go with Michigan, and 2014 wide out Jaylan Grandison (Vineland, Ontario/Niagara Academy) has size in his corner. The 6-foot-4 junior started making noise over the summer during a 7-on-7 tournament and has seen his recruitment start to gain momentum.

"I've been hearing from Rutgers; they want me to come out for a visit in October. Minnesota recently spoke to me, and Virginia," he said. "I also spoke to [Michigan offensive coordinator] Al Borges a few weeks ago, because he thought I was in Georgia. He was saying something about getting me down to visit in November."

Since Grandison is from Canada he felt as though he wasn't getting as much exposure as he would in the United States so he had planned to transfer to a high school in Georgia. Due to some red tape and local rules he wasn't able to make the move and decided to transfer to Niagara Academy, which is in its first year of offering football.

"This is the first season for football, but they're sending 80 to 90 percent of its seniors on scholarship to the United States in other sports," head football coach Jeff McCarthur said. "The reason this program was designed is to get these Canadian athletes the exposure that they want. That's why we travel so much.”

Grandison's team has already played against Detroit Catholic Central and will play against Michigan commit Shane Morris and Warren De La Salle during the season as well.

The talented receiver wasn't targeted much in his game against Catholic Central, but should be a big part of the offense going forward. He's a mismatch on most high school defenders because of his size and route-running ability, but needs to mesh with his quarterback.

"We're lucky to have him and wish we could get him the ball more, but his time will come," McCarthur said. "For us, this is all a growing process and we're only five weeks in, so it's all brand new."

Grandison plans on sending in game film to the Michigan coaching staff midseason, and is still hoping for an offer from the Wolverines. He is also planning a visit back to Ann Arbor sometime in November, but hasn't decided on a date.