DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Over the summer, junior athlete Jairus Grissom exploded on the recruiting trail after taking his talents to several collegiate camps. Standing at 6’2” and around 200-pounds, Grissom plays both quarterback and safety for Robichaud High School, but the 3-star prospect earned his college interest from his exploits on the offensive side of the ball.
“When I get to the line for my pre-snap read, I look at the safeties, corners and linebackers,” Grissom told Today’s U. “I see what they’re doing and usually I’m able to get my receivers the right call. Other than that, I just play my game and play really smooth. I play like a Johnny Manziel type or a Jameis Winston or a Cam Newton.”
So far this season, Grissom has added to his offseason hype and is putting together a prolific junior year. At this juncture, Grissom has 1,532 passing yards, over 400 rushing yards and a total of 25 touchdowns for the Bulldogs.
“Its been going great, really,” Grissom said. “I’m making my coach very proud. He’s proud of me. They just really want me to keep leading the team and keep building them up. It’s been going great. We took one loss, but everything else has been going great with our communication. We are just playing together as a team. Instead of as individuals, we are playing together as a team.”
Ranked as the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com, Grisso, holds offers from several schools such as Minnesota, N.C. State and Wake Forest, Grissom has received interest from a handful of schools and the list has only grown with his productive 2015 campaign.
“Recruiting has been going great,” Grissom said. “I’m talking to a lot of coaches and I get a lot of mail form a lot of coaches too, but recruiting has been going late.”
In specific, Grissom says he has heard the most from Minnesota, Indiana and Pittsburgh this season. With these programs spread out across the Midwest, Grissom says that distance does not look to factor into his recruitment.
“I’m open to anywhere,” Grissom said. “I’m not really worried about the distance. I will play anywhere that I can fit in.”
In terms of his interest from Minnesota and Indiana, Grissom is intrigued with what he has heard from each coaching staff so far. Both schools present an unique opportunity for Grissom to see the field early and have pitched similar ideas so far.
“Both teams are a spread offense and they think I can be a big factor for their team for the 2017 class,” Grissom said. “So, that’s what the coaches are saying. I would really like to take a visit there to get more in contact with the coaches too.”
Grissom has a visit to Indiana scheduled for October 17, and although he has not set up a visit to Minnesota yet, the Gophers are squarely on his list of next programs to visit.
Earlier in the year, Grissom visited East Lansing to watch Michigan State host Oregon in what was an exciting, nail-biting finish. Grissom spoke highly of his trip to the Spartans’ campus and touched on what caught his eye.
“That visit was great,” Grissom said. “It was a really good atmosphere when they played against Oregon. It was a really tough game too and I liked how the coaches made good calls and everything.”
Outside of Indiana, Grissom does not know where else he will visit in the next few months but it is highly possible that additional schools pop up as he continues to light it up on the field on Fridays.
“I talked to my coach about that and we haven’t really decided about that yet. We know for sure about Indiana on October 17th, but we’d also like to get down to Pittsburgh too.”
Click here for a link to Grissom’s highlight tape.