Doran Grant had the better part of 105,019 fans applauding his game Saturday, but none more than a 5-foot-6, 130-pound high school senior sitting behind Ohio State’s bench.
Fransohn Bickley (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) was on hand in the unofficial/official visitor section to watch his former teammate do work for the Buckeyes in a 29-15 win over the University of Alabama-Birmingham and walked away smiling.
“I was impressed. I was there to watch Doran,” Bickley said. “I thought he did great. He needs to be a starter, but that’s my opinion. It was a slow start, but I was impressed as the game went on.”
It was hard not to notice Grant, who had seven tackles, a sack, fumble recovery and an interception in his first start for Ohio State.
While the rest of the game wasn’t anything to write home about, Grant’s play stuck with other onlookers.
Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), as he has all season, was there on an unofficial visit and was pleased with the win as well as Ohio State gets ready for Big Ten play next week against Michigan State.
“It wasn’t a big game, so I wasn’t expecting a lot of [recruits] to be there,” Marshall said. “I was there enjoying my time. They’ll be all right. They know what they need to do. They’ll get it done.