The thing that most attracted Samajie Grant to Arizona was the their willingness to let him go. While some of the other schools recruiting the Colony High School wide receiver were discrediting each other, Arizona took the high road. Grant, in turn, verbally committed to the Wildcats on Friday among a final three that included UCLA and Utah.
The three-star prospect rated the No. 74 recruit in the state by rivals.com also had offers from Washington State, San Diego State, and New Mexico State. Arizona offered him shortly after the end of the 2011 football season and head coach Rich Rodriguez closed the deal on Grant’s recent unoffical visit by essentially leaving the door open.
“A lot of the schools were telling me to come to them and forget everybody else,” said Grant. “Arizona was telling me to go the best place for me. Even (Rodriguez) was like ‘I would love for you to come here, but if you don’t end up here that’s cool too.’”
Beginning in 2013 Grant will join former Colony teammate Bryan Harper, who signed with Arizona in February and was no small influence on his friend. Grant caught several of his 32 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns last season from Harper, who split time at quarterback in 2011. Arizona informed Grant they would also like him to like him to return kicks. What sealed the deal for Arizona had less to do with football.
“Really when I went down there I just loved it,” Grant said. “It was somewhere I could see myself for four years. And the coaches just all had the same attitude. It just felt like the right place.”