May 18, 2012

Ohio LB has offer from Army

Grant Cartwright from Powell (Ohio) by the Olentangy Liberty High School picked up his first offer two weeks ago from the Black Knights of Army, but the linebacker prospect is hoping that it is only the beginning of things to come.

The Ohio product says he is also receiving interest from several colleges out of the Big Ten Conference and along with others.

"Northwestern has been in contact with me ... they have visited my school a couple of times, Indiana really wants me to get to their camp," said the 6-foot-4, 225 pound linebacker prospect.

"The same situation with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Toledo is really interested and Bowling Green is really interested as well."

One certain factor for Cartwright, is that Army has really confirmed their interest in his talents and the feeling is mutual.

"I spoke to them (Army) yesterday," adds Cartwright, who maintains a 3.5 GPA. "It went well ... we talked about my track season and making sure that I was still interested and yes I'm really interested in Army, but I am also looking to see what happens this summer. I know based on their academics, the dividends that it pays back in your life are tremendous."

At Olentangy Liberty, Cartwright is a mainstay at middle linebacker, but says that the Black Knights project him at a few positions. "Army is talking about outside linebacker, but they think I could develop as a middle LB or defensive end," he adds. "They are recruiting me as an athlete."

Primarily used on defense, Cartwright has played fullback sparingly and indicated that happens only in special packages out of his team's spread offense.

So what is the student/athlete looking for in a college? "Yes, I'm looking at school with a combination of academics and athletics," says Cartwright, who indicated that his football/linebacker idol is Clay Matthews.

Cartwright is closing down his junior year with a strong final push in track and field, where he participates in the Shot Put and Discus. "I have the regionals followed by states," says Cartwright, who is confident that his distances will qualify him for Ohio's state championship competition.

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