Tuesday, December 17, 2019

BG Football with NSD-Eve Verbal

Recruiting never sleeps, and BG's recruiting machine is working into the last hours.  They have a new verbal on the o-line....I imagine in response to the Kaden Moore flip.  This young man looks like someone who is right for our program.

His name is Jalen Grant, a OG from Mt. Carmel HS in Chicago.  Interestingly, his 247 profile had him at 6'3" and 297, but this story in the Chicago Tribune says that he dropped 15 pounds from that frame to play both ways as a senior.  To me, the issue isn't what he will weigh at BG, but that he self-disciplined himself...the coaches didn't even know he was doing it.

He is a 3-star recruit on 247.  He had FBS offers from Army, Navy, Ball State, New Mexico State and Wyoming, along with 9 FCS offers.  Gotta like those service academy offers when you're looking for character and academics.

Mt. Carmel won the Illinois State title in 7A, which is their #1 classification.

More from the Tribune...

That’s one reason [leadership] why Grant was the recipient of Catholic League Blue/East Suburban Catholic Conference’s Lawless Award, which is given to the most outstanding senior.

A lineman rarely receives that award, but Lynch pointed out Grant winning it is a testament to his performance and character.

“Jalen is an all-around special person,” Lynch said. “He’s a kid who cares."

Also, Mt. Carmel is coached by Jordan Lynch, whose work you might remember from the 2013 MAC Championship Game. :)

Welcome to the Falcons, Jalen

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