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I had Jerai Grant's schedule of college visits in my notebook for more than a week before posting the information. Then, a few hours later, I get a call from DeMatha Coach Mike Jones, giving me the news that - during the first of those five visits -- Grant had committed to Clemson.

"I think he had narrowed it down in his mind to maybe three of those schools before he went," Jones said. "And he's been to Marquette unofficially. I think he started to get a really good feel for Clemson the last couple weeks. He went down there and everything he was thinking was confirmed. Nobody put any pressure on him, as best I can tell, he just made up his mind."

When Grant arrived back in the Washington area, he called Jones to let the coach know his intentions. Phone calls were made to cancel visits to Notre Dame, Marquette, Oklahoma and North Carolina State. Then another round of calls went out to alert the media.

Why commit now? Why not take those other official visits?

"In my mind, it wouldn't be fair to make up my mind and go on other visits," Grant said. "It wouldn't be fair to the players waiting in line for their scholarships."

Grant, a 6-foot-9 senior, averaged 7.1 points and 10 rebounds last season. And while the Stags return most of their frontcourt, Jones expects Grant has plenty of opportunity to become a bigger contributor.

"Last year, look at all our big games, he produced in every big game we had," Jones said. "When we needed him, he stepped up."

Meantime, Jones said that guard Marlin Cribbs is close to making a choice between Niagara, Jacksonville, Mount St. Mary's, Loyola and Maryland-Baltimore County. Guard Jeff Peterson has visits set up for Colgate, Princeton and Penn, Jones said, but also is attracting attention from the likes of Xavier and Richmond, who want to see how Peterson does as a first-year starter.

"He's got to make up his mind whether he wants to commit before the season or whether he wants to commit in the springtime," Jones said. "He's got a few options."

By Josh Barr  | September 4, 2006; 8:53 AM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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