August 11, 2011

Cartwright getting early interest

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The Ohio State Buckeyes have raided Central Ohio in the 2012 class, landing verbal commitments from seven Columbus area prospects. The 2013 class looks to be another outstanding one in the Greater Columbus area and one of the top prospects in the area is Powell (Ohio) Olentangy Liberty product Grant Cartwright. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound linebacker has had a strong summer and interest is starting to pour in from colleges all over the nation.

"I've got a few letters from Ohio State," Cartwright explained. "I've also received (interest) from Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, Miami (FL), LSU, Cincinnati has been showing some real good interest, and I've talked to coaches from Air Force and Northern Illinois and some other smaller schools."

While it's still early in the process for Cartwright, there are already three schools that stand out to him that he grew up following.

"My favorite three schools right now would probably be Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State," Cartwright said. "I'd say Ohio State and Wisconsin have been like two my biggest dream schools growing up."

On Ohio State - "I've always grown up around Ohio State. They're a really good program. They're always one of the nation's biggest powerhouse schools and one thing that OSU does is they get people to the next level which I really like."

On Wisconsin - "That's my Dad's alma mater so of course he has that influence on me. I've been to a lot of Badger games and they have a great program."

On Michigan State - "My Dad has taken me up to a couple of games at Michigan State and they're another program that's always really stable and I just really enjoy watching their program and following their program."

Cartwright spent much of his summer on the camp tour, hitting up college camps as well as the Football University Top Gun camp.

"The two senior camps that I went to were Ohio State and Cincinnati," he said. "I went to the Football University Top Gun camp and I'm probably going to do that next year to try and get to the All-American game. That's probably going to be one of my biggest goals next year is to get in that game."

Getting his feet wet at college camps not only put Cartwright on the radar of some outstanding programs but it was also used a learning tool for the talented linebacker.

"Ohio State was my first college camp that I had ever gone to so I was kind of nervous and I think I could have performed a lot better than I actually did," he said. "Cincinnati, I started to feel more comfortable and I think I performed better there than I did at Ohio State. The big thing when I went to Ohio State is I really learned what drills I can work on and what I need to get better at as a player so that was really a big learning experience."

While at the Ohio State camp, Cartwright was able to speak briefly with some of the assistant coaches. One coach that he has not yet had a chance to meet is new linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. Ironically, Vrabel was a player that Cartwright grew up following pretty closely.

"He's always been one of my favorite players actually, so that would be a dream having him as my coach," Cartwright said. "My Mom is from Massachusetts so I was raised as a Patriots fan and a Packers fan for professional football teams and he's always been one of my favorite players in the NFL. That would just be huge, that would be a dream come true to have him coach me."

With camp season now behind him, Cartwright turns his attention towards his junior season and he won't settle for anything less than his best effort.

"My goal this year is to go as hard as I can every single play, no matter what," he said. "I think I was a little tentative last year because I was so young, starting varsity as a sophomore, but this year I definitely want to be one-hundred percent, all go, and flying to the ball. I've been working my butt off and I think all of my hard work will pay off on the field this year."


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