Gaudy high school statistics are not a guarantee of a college offer, but roll up the production Alex Grace has in his career at Saginaw Swan Valley and someone is sure to take notice.
Last season, as a junior, he broke several records while amassing 2,952 yards and 39 touchdowns. On Saturday all those yards and all of the 6-foot-1, 200-pound back's work paid off in the form of a scholarship offer from Central Michigan, his first of the process.
"It was an amazing feeling," he said. "I still find it hard to believe. It is very exciting."
Grace was offered on a junior day visit which allowed him to see more of the school.
"I liked it a lot. My dad used to live in Mount Pleasant and I'm familiar with the city and everything. Campus is great. I like the coaches. I talked to Coach Rison a lot and Coach Enos was the one who offered me, so that was pretty cool."
Other schools are interested too. Grace just visited Toledo and has Western Michigan coming up. But the distinction of first offer goes to their MAC rivals.
"I was pretty surprised because Central hadn't shown any interest in me at all. I never got any mail. My first contact was junior day and they offered me on that first day and I was pretty excited. I'll definitely remember this one."