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Now, the Terps are out and he’s added two other finalists along with the Scarlet Knights: Notre Dame and SU. The Irish may have the inside track – his brother attends ND. Grant has in-home visits scheduled with all three schools starting with Syracuse today, so he could make his decision within the next few weeks. He took an unofficial visit to CNY last month.
The Orange does not have a single player committed for the next class, meaning Grant’s recruitment takes on much greater significance. The ‘Cuse recently lost out on two top prospects, Jake Layman and Ricardo Ledo, and other top players have begun to commit elsewhere. At this time last year, The Per’fesser and Murphkins had their full recruiting class of Michael Carter Williams, Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney already secured.
Getting Grant would be big. He fits the Syracuse prototype – long, athletic and can run the floor – all critical to play for Boeheim. Grant needs to develop more of an offensive game, but there is little doubt about his potential. While the Three Amigos should be taking over next season, you can never have enough talent and depth on the wing at Syracuse.
With RU and ND in the mix, Syracuse is competing for Grant with two league schools. While the three are usually competing for football recruits, it’s rare they all duel on the AAU circuit. Mike Rice seems to be turning the program in Piscataway around and the Orange doesn’t want to get in the habit of losing offseason basketball battles to RU. Notre Dame has sniped some big recruits from The Dougie recently and it would be nice to get a measure of revenge. More importantly, the Orange don’t want to see Grant in an opposing uniform within the Big East for the next four basketball seasons.