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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
2015 QB J.T. Granato one to watch

By Sam Khan Jr.

HOUSTON -- Most of the nearly 200 athletes that attended the Next Level Athlete South Houston Video Showcase on Sunday at Houston Kinkaid came from all around the Houston area, and in some cases, from other parts of Texas.

But a handful of players didn't have to go farther than their current daily commute, as Kinkaid had its own set of hopefuls hitting their home turf at Barnhart Stadium to compete against other up-and-coming football prospects.

One Kinkaid Falcon whom colleges are already taking notice of is 2015 quarterback J.T. Granato.

The sophomore, who measured 6-foot-3 and weighed in at 208 pounds at Sunday's event, split time at quarterback last fall with a senior teammate, Jimmy Greenwood, but this fall the show will belong solely to Granato.

After throwing for 1,264 yards and 10 touchdowns in his sophomore season, Granato played varsity basketball and is now working on improving strength and speed this offseason in preparation for his junior season. Kinkaid coach Stephen Hill said Granato showed real leadership qualities as his sophomore season progressed.

Several programs have already shown interest in Granato, including Houston, LSU, Maryland, Northwestern, Stanford and Texas A&M. Offers from Houston and Northwestern, Granato said, could come during Kinkaid's spring football. Granato has had the chance to talk to head coaches at both programs, Tony Levine at Houston and Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern.

"[Levine] wants [Doug] Meachem, the offensive coordinator, to come to the spring game," Granato said. "And he specifically told me 'If you throw well there, we're going to offer you right there on the spot.' That's nice. It's really nice to hear.

"Same with Northwestern. They said that, too. I'm going up to meet their offensive coordinator [Mick McCall] one-on-one when I get there to watch their spring game."

During the fall, Granato was invited and attended LSU's home game against Mississippi. His spring plans will include unofficial visits to Texas A&M, Northwestern and LSU. He also plans to go to Houston's spring game next month. Stanford also piques Granato's interest after the Cardinal showed some interest in him last summer.

Education is high on Granato's priority list.

"I make good grades," he said. "Football and grades come in hand-in-hand, but yeah, I'm really focused on that."