Schwartz Could Follow Dad's Footsteps At OSU
Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills defensive back Grant Schwartz ventured out to Ohio State in June to attend the second three-day session of the OSU football camp. Schwartz (6-0, 200, 4.41) is the son of former OSU defensive back Brian Schwartz, who played for the Buckeyes from 1976-79. OSU's interest in the younger Schwartz is starting to pick up, Brian Schwartz said. "They had been interested for a while, but then they saw his film and their interest grew," Brian Schwartz said. "He came out and participated in one of their three-day camps. It's my understanding that his showing at the camp helped him move up toward the top of their list of safety prospects. Grant Schwartz could get a look as a defensive back. "The coaches are due back in the office next week and they'll sit down together and talk about (offers). That would be something Grant would pounce on. It's been his dream to play football at Ohio State." Grant Schwartz played primarily at defensive back as a sophomore, racking up 70 tackles and two interceptions. A new coaching staff arrived at Dana Hills last fall and Schwartz was moved to quarterback. There, he threw for 1,900 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 500 yards and nine scores. The team went 5-5 and reached the playoffs for the first time in five years. The five wins were more than the school had in the last three years combined. "If somebody is looking for a quarterback who can run, he could probably handle that," Brian Schwartz said. "But he would prefer to play defense. This year, he will play defense in addition to quarterback." Grant Schwartz also attended camp at USC. Trojans head coach Pete Carroll was an OSU assistant in 1979, Brian Schwartz's senior year. Colorado State has offered, while Virginia Tech, Oregon, Colorado and Washington State have also expressed interest. "I believe he is nearing an offer from Virginia Tech," Brian Schwartz said. "There is a lot of interest building and he's been gaining a lot of momentum the last few weeks." At the OSU camp, Schwartz had a 33-inch vertical leap, a 4.21-second pro shuttle time and a 4.5-second 40. He benches 295 pounds and squats 435. "He ran a 4.5 on the indoor turf field there at Ohio State," Brian Schwartz said. "He ran a 4.41-second 40 at USC's camp, where they used the SPARQ timing system. He's got speed. He ran a hand time 10.7-second 100-meter dash before he got injured in track season. The kid can burn. He has good acceleration." "I have good speed," Grant Schwartz told Scout.com's Allen Wallace recently. "That's my biggest strength. I have great field vision and am always looking to make the big play. I want to work on my technique and play smarter." Grant Schwartz holds a 2.75 GPA and recently scored a 20 on the ACT. Woody Hayes recruited Brian Schwartz out of Simi Valley, Calif., 30 years ago. "I was the first player – along with a kid named Ricky Jackson out of Santa Maria, Calif. – that Woody Hayes had ever offered a scholarship to out of California," Brian Schwartz said. "That was in 1976. Ironically, that was a dream come true for me, too, because they were my favorite team. It was a thrill when Woody Hayes said to me, `We'd love for you to come to Ohio State and play football.' "My high school coach had only been at my school for two or three years and he had been at Cleveland Cathedral Latin before that. I told him I wanted to play at Ohio State. He said, `Yeah, right.' "But as luck would have it, the timing was right and I was able to get exposed. My film got to the coaches at Ohio State and things fell into place. I got to play in the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Gator Bowl and Rose Bowl. I'll never forget those days." Brian Schwartz has brought Grant back to several games at Ohio Stadium. "It was a great moment for me when we were standing on the field for the Tunnel of Pride before the 2002 Michigan game – the game where they won to go on to the national championship game," Brian Schwartz said. "There were 110,000 people screaming and yelling and Grant looked up in the stands. He said, `Dad, this is the greatest moment of my life.' "That was also my greatest moment as a Buckeye. I know that." A scholarship offer from Ohio State is not in the bag for Grant Schwartz. But Brian knows if his son is able to keep working hard, he'll get where he wants to go. "Every now and then, dreams do come true," Brian Schwartz said. "Don't ever doubt that they can't come true."