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An Instant Windfall - EMU Finds Early Traction In Recruiting Game, Nabs Grissom

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Eastern Michigan’s 3-1 start on the football field in 2016 is already paying dividends on the recruiting trail.
 
Earlier this week, the Eagles snagged a commitment from River Rouge quarterback and safety Jairus Grissom, a consensus 3-star prospect. River Rouge is 4-1 and ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 5.
 
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Grissom, a dual threat under center and a ball hawk of a presence in secondary on defense, played at Dearborn Heights Robichaud the past three years. Last fall, River Rouge lost in the state finals at Ford Field. This season, the Panthers haven’t allowed a single point since Week 1 and are riding a wave of four straight shutouts, outscoring opponents 221-0.
 
Most experts project Grissom landing on the defensive side of the ball for his college career. Nailing down Grissom’s recent pledge was a coup for the EMU coaching staff.  Besides EMU, he held a slew of mid-major offers and power-conference bids from the likes of N.C. St., Wake Forest, Houston, Syracuse, Purdue and Rutgers.