DETROIT — Jairus Grissom, one of the nation’s fastest rising dual-threat quarterbacks, arrived at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Wayne State with Arkansas on his mind.
“I’ve heard from Arkansas going back to my sophomore year, when I was getting mail almost every day,” said Grissom, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder at River Rouge High School, on the south side of metro Detroit.
“I know they were looking for a dual-threat quarterback, and it’s an offense that fits me. You can go spread or go under center.”
Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema is expected to be among the several head coaches at the SMSB camp being held at Wayne State on Thursday and Friday, and Grissom is eager to impress him.
“My goal is to get a scholarship offer from Arkansas,” Grissom said. “I know they have a quarterback committed, but if we competed, I think I could beat him out.”
Dalton Hyatt, a 3-star quarterback from Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama, is currently committed to the Razorbacks’ 2017 class.
Grissom carries a 3-star rating himself. He’s the top-ranked quarterback in Michigan, and he’s the No. 21 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
Grissom holds offers from Houston, Rutgers, Syracuse, North Carolina State, Purdue and Wake Forest among the FBS schools, and he said Indiana has been making a push of late.
“I can go under center, but I also like the spread, and Indiana has shown it can put some points on the board,” said Grissom, who has a visit scheduled to the Hoosiers on June 17 and said he’ll go to Michigan State on June 18. “Right now, Indiana is recruiting me the hardest.”
Grissom transferred schools after last season, moving over to River Rouge from Robichaud to play for coach Corey Parker.
“Jairus is, first of all, a great competitor and he picks up on things very quickly and is an amazing athlete,” said Parker, a former defensive back at Eastern Michigan now in his seventh season as head coach at River Rouge.
“Jairus excels with his footwork and agility, and he has great arm strength and accuracy,” he said. “His development as a passer was about getting him comfortable with reading what the defense was showing him.”
Parker believes coaches will be as impressed with Grissom off the field.
“He comes from a great family,” Parker said. “They are from Georgia, and they have that Southern hospitality.”
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