DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Each year rising football prospects flock to college camps to receive first-hand evaluation and coaching from prospective collegiate suitors. Two apparel sponsors—Nike and Adidas—may have an upper hand in generating exposure.
Nike’s The Opening is built for rewarding the nation’s top prospects each year, and Adidas’ Sound Mind Sound Body is geared toward exposing the next big thing in high school football. Each has a different goal, and each benefit prospects in different way.
According to junior athlete Jairus Grissom, his Sound Mind Sound Body performance was instrumental in kick-starting his recruitment this offseason.
Last year, Grissom totaled 1,801 passing yards, 20 touchdowns through the air, 543 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. A strong sophomore performance helped elevate his profile, and the SMSB camp pushed it over the top.
From that point on, Grissom picked up his first offer in June, and the recruiting interest has continued to flow. Last week, Grissom reported that he picked up an offer from Wake Forest, his second ACC offer of the process so far, joining N.C. State.
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Grissom says that this summer should set up a dominant junior campaign in which he will continue to showcase his ability at both quarterback and safety for Robichaud.
“My offseason’s been going great,” Grissom told Today’s U. “I’ve been working on footwork and staying in the pocket really. I try to play my game. I just have to play comfortable and be comfortable with my linemen [to succeed].”
Ranked as the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class by 247Sports.com, Grissom has the ability to extend plays with his elusive nature, but also keeps his eyes focused downfield when evading the pass rush in a scramble. Grissom has a live arm and throws both through zone coverage and over top of man coverage with success. Grissom does take a few false steps and could serve to get back into his drop quicker, but he is a developing prospect showing a high ceiling for his age.
This year, Grissom should receive the opportunity to showcase his dynamic nature while also exhibiting his versatility under center.
“Our coach likes to play fast,” Grissom said. “We run like an Oregon type of offense, so we’re just playing fast but we are going to do a little more pro-style this year too.”
In terms of what system he prefers, Grissom defaults to the one he has operated under for the longest.
“Honestly the spread because I’ve been running that since I was a little kid, so I’m just more comfortable with it,” Grissom said.
On the recruiting front, schools across the country have picked up on his talent, and the interest is reportedly pouring in.
“The recruiting is going great,” Grissom said. “I just picked up two ACC offers from Wake Forest and NC State. That really blew my mind and it was a shock. They always had interest in me, then they called me and offered a full-ride scholarship.”
Grissom says that he is hoping to visit Wake Forest and N.C. State during or after the football season. As for schools closer to home, Grissom says that he is hearing from Central Michigan, Michigan and Michigan State.
Central Michigan is “showing hard interest” after Grissom attended camp this summer and he says that an offer may follow once he visits.
At 6’2” and 200-pounds, Grissom has the physical ability to play at the next level, but a decision on where may not come for a while. Grissom says “probably” on National Signing Day, but did not rule out the possibility of committing this year and taking five officials during his senior season.