Receiver Grant Pearson, all 6-4 of him, towers over defenders

Published 12:13 am Thursday, November 5, 2020

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PORT NECHES — Fans of Port Neches-Groves football have surely seen the towering senior receiver for the purple and white.

When split out wide, 6-foot-4 Grant Pearson presents all types of matchup problems for defensive backs who are typically under the 6-foot mark.

The combination of size and athleticism make him a nightmare to guard one-on-one, PNG head coach Brandon Faircloth said.

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“He has had a great year,” Faircloth said. “He is definitely a matchup problem for people. He runs really well and blocks really well. He has been really physical this year and we have been really proud of him for that.”

Faircloth said Pearson has really good hands, which likely help the multi-sport athlete pull down rebounds in the basketball season.

Pearson said he enjoys football more and added while he can dunk, catching a touchdown over a defender in the end zone ranked higher than dunking on an opponent.

“There are more fans,” Faircloth said laughing. “And it’s worth more points.”

While he said he enjoys both sports, Pearson said he prefers football.

“I just love everything about it,” he said. “I like being physical.”

Grant Pearson uses his tall frame to become a dependable wide receiver at PNG. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 10-8-20

Faircloth said Pearson’s size allows quarterback Blake Bost to make a play if everything else is covered.

“He has everything you want in a receiver,” Faircloth said. “He has a lot of playing time under his belt. He has been on varsity since his sophomore year. He is a safety blanket for Blake out their on the field. It is always good to know where he is.”

Faircloth notices the game has slowed down for Pearson since his sophomore year. He added Pearson is among the tallest receivers that he has coached: “Now, he understands the little details of playing wide receiver. It’s fun to watch him. He has improved his route running, blocking and his technique. It’s been nice to watch him mature.”

While Pearson might tower over everyone on the field, he said that is not the case in his own home, adding his dad is 6-5.

“He has some size on me too,” Pearson said.

Pearson said he idolizes another receiver known for his athleticism, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

“I love his game,” he said. “Just everything about it is great.”

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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