As national signing day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.
Name: Sam Grant
Position: Tight End
Height, Weight: 6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Hometown/School: Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward
Committed: Jan. 30, 2012
Scout grade: 78. Three star prospect.
Scout rankings: No. 18 tight end, No. 53 in Midwest Region, No. 30 in Ohio
Picked OU over: Michigan, Boston College, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Louisville, Indiana and others.
State of the position: The Sooners need to secure as much talent as possible at the tight end position. With newcomers Brannon Green and Taylor McNamara as the lone scholarship tight ends expected to participate in spring football, the opportunity to earn playing time at the position is wide open.
Pros: “He will likely contribute best as a blocker especially as he continues to physically develop. Once he gets locked on he can be tough to beat. He can contribute some as a short-range / outlet target in the passing game. He displays the ability to extend and catch the ball with his hands at times.” - ESPN analyst
Cons: “After the catch he is a big kid who will fight for yards but is not a kid that will make defenders miss and create big plays after the catch. He gets his hands on and shows a little tenaciousness once engaged, but needs to develop his technique from beginning to end to allow him to be a better blocker.” - ESPN analyst
Similar to/potential role: Trent Ratterree. Grant is a solid tight end who will contribute as a blocker and could develop into a solid red zone and short yardage target but won’t stretch defenses with his speed.
Expected impact: 2012. He could be used in short yardage situations as a freshman thanks to his blocking ability and OU’s dire need at the position. However it wouldn’t be surprising to see him take a redshirt season to put more weight on his frame and/or eventually move to tackle if he’s not making an impact at tight end early in his career.