A large chunk of players at the developmental level of football play to have an opportunity to advance their careers to the next level. Last month, wide receiver Keonte Grant got an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“I used to play for the West Texas Scorpions with (Revolution assistant head coach) Trae Ivory,” Grant told Developmental Football USA. “He threw an opportunity out to me to try out for the Texas Revolution. I saw it as a chance to get my mother and my family where we want to be, so I ran with it.”
Grant, the brother of Miami Dolphins receiver and return specialist Jakeem Grant, is a 5-foot-7 speedster that can eat up yardage in the blink of an eye. He began his 2017 football season with the Lubbock Liberty Eagles of the Rio Grande Football League before getting signed to move up to Champions Indoor Football.
“My mother always told me and my siblings, ‘You can coach anything, but one thing you can not coach is speed,’” Grant said. “Running a 4.29 in the 40, the coaches feel that I am a short and faster guy that could take the top off the opposing teams defense at any given time in the game.”
Now, the Revolution have another offensive weapon in their deep stable of talent at the skill positions.
“Grant is an all-around football player who gives maximum effort on every play,” Ivory told Developmental Football USA. “His blocking on the edge meshes well with the running ability of Michael Dyer. Grant also has tremendous speed that we have yet to take advantage of and matches well with wide receiver Joe Adams, who also has elite speed.
“Either one of those guys can blow the top off of any defense. Grant also has elite lateral quickness, giving him the ability to make defenders miss in the open field.”
Looking back on their time together with the Scorpions in 2015, Ivory remembers Grant quickly introducing himself to his opponents on the field.
“The first week he was activated, he didn’t play a snap of defense and had an instant impact that night, scoring what I recall to be two touchdowns,” Ivory said.
Grant is a graduate of Mesquite Horn High School.
“I love the game of football,” Grant said. “No matter what or how hard this journey may get, the only way to go is up – always forward, never backwards. The NFL is the path of this journey. I want to thank God and Trae for the opportunity to do my best with the talent I was blessed with.”
In addition to being actively involved with both the Texas Revolution and West Texas Scorpions, Ivory also runs Hub City Bison Amateur Sports out of Lubbock.
“This opportunity was offered through Hub City Bison Amateur Sports Inc.,” Ivory said. “It’s what myself and (Revolution head coach) Victor Mann set out to do and that’s provide a legitimate opportunity to athletes with exceptional skills.”