Ashton Grant, ECP Class of 2013, Signs with Kansas City Chiefs
Ashton Grant, who went from ECP to an outstanding career at Assumption, has become the first player in the history of East Coast Prep to sign with an NFL team.
It's easy to see why he attracted attention from NFL teams when you consider the outstanding career he had while playing for the Greyhounds: (Listed below are just some of his accomplishments from 2016)
NE10 Offensive Player of the Year... NE10 First-Team All-Conference... Named 2016 Don Hansen Gazette Super All-Super Region One team… named to the Annual Steve "Merc" Morris All-Star Team… Named to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team... Named to All-Super Region 1 Second Team by the Conference Commissioner’s Association... Appeared in 10 games… Caught 69 passes for 919 yards and 13 touchdowns… Had three rushes for 20 yards… One kickoff return for 20 yards… 11 punt returns for 88 yards… Had his best game against Kutztown, where he caught 13 passes for 164 yards and 3 touchdowns.
With a list like that it's no wonder he attracted the attention of NFL scouting personnel. Here's what one pundit who analyzes potential NFL draft choices had to say about him.
Reliable pass catcher with average next-level speed. Quickly releases off the line, immediately gets to top speed and nicely makes receptions in stride. Tracks the pass in the air, adjusts to errant throws and consistently snatches passes away from his frame. Always on the same page as his quarterback, displays a sense of timing and keeps plays in bounds after the catch. Displays outstanding awareness and gives effort even when away from the play.
And here's an impressive note from the Chiefs recent mini-camp:
Assumption wide receiver Ashton Grant turned in the catch of the day. Grant went skyward in traffic pulling down a long pass from Occidental quarterback Bryan Scott. Grant maintained possession of the ball after crashing to the ground in the end zone.
It's a fine accomplishment for Ashton individually, and a strong statement about ECP's ability to get its players to the next level. (In this case, the highest level.)
We fully expect former ECP players Myles Hartsfield out of Old Miss and Delvon Randell out of Temple to be joining Ashton in the NFL in the near future.