One of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2017 will be Dearborn Heights Robichaud’s Jairus Grissom. He already has a solid list of scholarship offers on the table and this past weekend he traveled to East Lansing.
Michigan State hosted numerous top prospects on campus for what they were calling the Spartan 300 recruiting weekend. Grissom was one of the class of 2017 players that was invited to the event.
“The visit went great,” Grissom said. “The Michigan State coaches say that they like my attitude and my talent. They said that they will be keeping a close eye on me this fall. The program at Michigan State is great and so are the facilities and the coaches. If they offer they will definitely be one of my top choices.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Grissom will likely shoot up into the Rivals.com position rankings at the end of this month when the class of 2017 rankings are released. He will certainly be one of the top players at his position in the Midwest. Grissom said he has offers from North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Houston, South Carolina State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Maine and Concordia, and that MSU director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell keeps in touch with him.
Blackwell had a lot to do with putting the Spartan 300 event together and getting the top players on campus.
Grissom is listed as a dual threat quarterback by most recruiting services because of his all-around athletic ability, but he is not a runner in the mold of a J.T. Barrett or Taylor Martinez. His game has more in common with current MSU QB Damion Terry than those other players. Last fall, Grissom threw for over 1,800 yards with 20 touchdown passes and ran for an additional 500 yards with seven TDs. It is very possible that he reaches the 2,000-/1,000-yard plateau this fall for the Bulldogs.
Last year, Grissom’s play helped Robichaud to an 8-2 record and a playoff spot. The goals are higher this fall as Grissom wants to lead his team deep into the playoffs. The season kicks off with showdown against perennial playoff program Dearborn Divine Child. That game could be a big statement for Grissom and the Bulldogs. The two schools have not met for quite a while despite being less than three miles away from each other.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.