After starting as a freshman last year on Chippewa Valley's varsity, Stefan Claiborne is beginning to rise in the recruiting world, especially as he moves through his sophomore season with increased comfort.
"I think [last season] helped me a lot," Claiborne said, "coming back, having a lot of experience, knowing how fast the pace is, and how the tempo is faster. As a freshman, I didn't know what to expect going from 8th grade up to varsity. It didn't take as long to get used to it, but I got used to it, got comfortable and settled in."
At 6-foot-1, 168-pounds, Claiborne has the frame to continue to grow as he matures. The most attractive asset to schools right now, may be his speed. He has been involved in track and field since a young age, qualifying for nationals as a 10-year old and finishing first in the state of Michigan in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes as an 8th grader.
"He had a nice letter from Bo Pelini from Nebraska," his father Daryl Grant said. "He got a letter from Syracuse last year. He went down to Ohio State before he even got to high school, and he went to Notre Dame last year for camp."
Last weekend, he visited Michigan State for their win over Youngstown State and says he the Spartans made him feel welcomed.
"I thought they did a good job of greeting me amd getting to know me when I first came in and to start conversation. I liked the experience of being on the field. I liked how they handled everything. It was very organized, they seemed very interested in me, and they were kind and talkative."
Claiborne was born in Ohio and the only other college game he has been to as a visitor was in The Horseshoe for a Buckeye game.
"I went to Ohio State last year for the Akron game. I went to their camp this summer. Some of the coaches pulled me aside, asked me where I went to school, and told me all the stuff I was doing and good job."
And while his father says they are native sons of the Buckeye State, his son is open to any and all programs.
"Anybody who grew up in Ohio followed the Buckeyes, but Stefan is so into football that he watches everything. He's very cerebral. He takes the game in beyond athletics. He's a student of the game."