Hephzibah junior Eric Grant has jumped onto the scene this year making highlight-reel catches. Just last Friday, the 2023 recruit made one of the top high-pointed catches of the 2021 season.
Hephzibah was in the redzone, so they decided to flank Grant off to the right to get favorable coverage. The ball was tossed into the backend of the endzone, and that’s where Grant’s basketball instincts came into full force. With the football’s trajectory heading out of bounds, the junior exploded up into the autumnal sky, snagging the ball with one hand at the apex of his jump, and then showing the body control to collect his feet inbounds for the score.
It was the #1 play in the state of Georgia that week and even was showcased on ESPN by the one and only Randy Moss in his “You Got Mossed!” segment. This has been quite the week for Grant, especially when you take into account that this is his first year of playing football.
“Last year I didn’t play football, this is actually my first year, and I’m already on ESPN and that feels great,” Grant said.
On the recruiting front, colleges have been a little slow to give the junior much recruiting attention.
“Well, I just started the recruitment and no teams yet have jumped on it yet.”
Grant has no college visits planned at the moment, but that should all change in the near future once more of his junior film gets out there. The 2023 recruit who models his game after Julio Jones has been a big-play threat for Hephzibah all season long on deep passes, and has shown good versatility lining up at multiple receiver spots even. At 6’2″ and 190 lbs., he has a solid frame and should be over 200 lbs. by next summer.
For the ladder part of the season, Grant is focused on increasing his exposure and helping his team finish off region play strong.
“My goal for the second half of the season is to make myself known and win the region championship.”
Hephzibah walks into tonight’s game against Cross Creek with a 4-2 record and is currently undefeated in region play. After tonight’s game, they have three tough games in a row against Burke County, Harlem and Thomson. That’s a tough schedule for any team in 3A, but that also creates opportunities for players like Grant to prove they are one of the better WR’s prospects in the class of ’23, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter to see how Grant and Hephzibah’s team finish their 2021 regular season.