DeLawrence Grant

DeLawrence Grant

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Compton, Calif.

High School:
Centennial High School

Last College:
El Camino College

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 261

Position:
Defensive End

Birthdate:
11/18/1979

Experience:
1V

PERSONAL--Born 11/18/79 in Compton, CA...son of DeLawrence Grant Sr. and Marlena Tyiska...has a younger brother and sister, Lakeisha, 16, and Lamar, 10...has a cousin, Ryan Tyiska, who played football for USC (1993-97)...undecided on major...he has had two top athletic thrills to date, the first was picking up a fumble and running it back for a 67-yard touchdown, and the second, intercepting a pass and returning it 40 yards for a touchdown...Diandre Grant and Lamar Grant are his favorite athletes...selected OSU because, "I thought it was a nice place to go to school."

OSU--(2000--Senior)--DeLawrence enters his senior season at OSU having played and started in 11 games...he will serve as one of OSUís team captains in 2000, a tremendous honor considering he has only played one season for the Beavers...no player on the OSU roster worked any harder than DeLawrence in the off-season...DeLawrence gained 20 pounds and set personal bests in all three weightlifting tests during winter conditioning...he posted the best mark in the bench press at 420 pounds, the best mark in the power clean at 346 pounds and the second best mark in the back squat at 535 pounds...DeLawrence combines his size and strength with great quickness and speed...he is one of the fastest defensive ends in college football coming off the edge...he is OSUís No. 1 pass rusher and recorded 6 sacks as a junior...he was a load for the Beaversí offensive linemen to control during spring drills...he reported to spring drills as the No. 1 defensive left end and he had a sensational spring and left little doubt that he will be one of the premier defensive ends in not only the Pac-10, but the entire nation...he is a definite candidate for postseason honors...his passing rushing ability and ability to put pressure on the opposition is a major reason that OSU ranked No. 9 in the nation and led he Pac-10 Conference in pass defense in 1999.

OSU--(1999--Junior)--DeLawrence enrolled at OSU winter quarter and participated in spring drills...when spring drills opened, DeLawrence was listed No. 1 at left end, the spot occupied by All-American Inoke Breckterfield last year...DeLawrence exceeded everyone's expectations with his play during the spring...he proved to be a sensational pass rusher...he has tremendous speed and strength...he was outstanding in all three major OSU scrimmage sessions...in the final Spring game, DeLawrence posed 2 solo tackles, 2 tackles for losses and a quarterback sack...he had sacks in all three scrimmages...based on his play in the spring, DeLawrence has the ability to be an honors candidate in 1999...in the weight room, DeLawrence posted personal bests of 310 pounds in the hang clean, 370 in the bench press, 470 in the back squat and 315 in the incline...had a vertical jump best of 33.50 inches.

EL CAMINO COLLEGE, Torrance, CA--(1997-98)--Named honorable mention J.C. Grid-Wire All-America as sophomore...listed #57 by SuperPrep Magazine on its list of top 100 JUCO players in the nation...he was a Mission Conference-North all-star as a freshman and sophomore...DeLawrence visited OSU, Oregon, Washington State and California...canceled trips to Arizona and Washington...also offered visits from USC, UCLA and Kansas State... "He is very athletic, with a 35-inch vertical leap, and 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash," according to PrepStar Magazine. "He is comparable to (former) Cal defensive lineman Reagan Upshaw," a first-round NFL draft choice several years ago. He is one of the top pass rushing defensive linemen in the country, and is also nails against the run," according to PrepStar..."It's a huge pickup for the Beavers," said Student Sports Magazine, another major recruiting publication. "Grant has a great motor and will be an instant impact player in the Pac-10."...played for Coach John Featherstone at El Camino College...in 11 games as a freshman, he had 21 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles, 6 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries and broke up 4 passes...in 11 games as a sophomore, he produced 30 solo tackles, 39 assisted tackles, 8 quarterback sacks, 6 tackles for loss, recovered 3 fumbles and broke up 8 passes...El Camino College had a 7-3 record in 1998... "DeLawrence is very strong and has good feet. I had two great bookend defensive ends in DeLawrence and LaDairis," said Featherstone.

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL--(1995-96)--DeLawrence played his prep football at Centennial High School in Compton, CA...played for Coach Willie Guillory...played tight end, outside linebacker and defensive end as a two-year starter at Centennial...earned all-league (Ocean League) honors as a senior on defense...served as team captain his senior year.

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