Scouting Report: Janarion Grant, KR/WR, Rutgers

Trilby, FL | 5094 | 178 | 4.48E | 2018

Speedy dynamo who is extremely dangerous in the open field and has eight career special team returns for touchdown (kick return/punt return). Used on end arounds, reverses and bubble screens. Has struggled from inconsistent/poor quarterback play but remains an elusive open-field runner post-surgery. He suffered a broken ankle early in 2016, granting him an additional fifth year of eligibility due to a medical redshirt. Has made significant improvement every season and stands a strong chance of being selected in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft based on his special return abilities.


2016 (Senior): Started first four games at wide receiver before suffering a season-ending injury … averaged 163.75 all-purpose yards per game … totaled 20 receptions and 16 rushing attempts … responsible for six touchdowns (three rushing, one kickoff return, one punt return, one passing) … one of three players in the Big Ten with a kickoff return touchdown on the season … also added a punt return score for eighth career combined kick return, tied for most in NCAA history.

2015 (Junior): Appeared in all 12 games as a wide receiver and kick returner … named Second Team All-Big Ten by the media, Third Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and First Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele as a return specialist … finished second in the Big Ten with 1,583 all-purpose yards (984 kick returns, 352 receiving, 167 punt returns, 80 rushing) … total ranked sixth-most in a season in the school record books … averaged 131.92 yards per game to rank No. 20 nationally … recorded a school-record 984 kickoff return yards, also tops in the conference.

2014 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games as primary kick and punt returner, also seeing expanded opportunities at wide receiver with four starts … second in single-season school history with 910 kick return yards, 38 short of the record.

2013 (Freshman): Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman … led RU with 517 kick return yards and 156 punt return yards, scoring a touchdown each way.

Prior to Rutgers: All-purpose standout for head coach Tom McHugh at Pasco … missed the first six games of his senior season with a broken hand, but still managed to score 20 total touchdowns in seven games played … Class 5A First Team All-State selection on offense … racked up 591 yards rushing, 168 yards receiving, 104 total yards on interception returns … scored five touchdowns against Fivay as a senior (two rushing, one passing, one receiving and a 50-yard interception return for a score) … helped guide the Pirates to a combined 25-2 record over the last two seasons, including a trip to the 5A state final four in 2011 and a regional final appearance in 2012 … set a Pasco County record with 77 career touchdowns … lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punt/kickoff return and defensive back.

Personal: A criminal justice major.