Samajie Grant is off to a strong start

ONTARIO, Calif. -- It may have been the first game of the year, but athlete Samajie Grant (Ontario, Cailf./Colony) got off to a fast start to the 2012 season. While Colony dropped a tough one to West Covina (Calif.) South Hills, 33-28, Grant made his presence felt early and often. Coach Steve Randall said three of Grant’s first five touches went for touchdowns, as Grant scored on a rush, punt return and kickoff return.

“I thought I did pretty well on offense and special teams,” Grant said. “I honestly don’t feel I did that well on defense, because I didn’t contain my side. But I felt like I did pretty well to start off the season.”

Grant, the nation’s No. 271 recruit and Arizona commitment, was able to bounce back from a rolled ankle he suffered in the week leading up to the game. Going forward, it seems as though Grant will be asked to do more offensively. He said the second team cornerbacks were being given a chance to step up and take some of the pressure off the offensive players who go both ways.

The focus on offense and specials teams could benefit Grant going forward as well. Grant said the Wildcats have him slotted as a wide receiver.

“They want me to play receiver up there, but they said something about a couple receivers possibly being third-down defensive backs, just for the speed,” Grant said. “They want me to play special teams too, so that feels good.”

Grant said he has no plans for official visits at this point, but will likely take just one, to Arizona.