SSN: Grant Rude Spotlight


A Football Future

Senior Grant Rude talks about his journey and experiences in football


Senior Grant Rude is tall. 6”6’ to be exact. But his football aspirations are much higher.

Rude began his football career as most kids do. Playing in the HSE/Fishers S.P.O.R.T.S. league from 3rd grade to 4th grade. In 5th grade, Rude made a highly sought after spot on the Knights football team to be one of the starting lineman. He continued to play on the knights 6th grade as well.

“It was definitely and awesome experience,” Rude said. “One that led to me where I am today.”

Once junior high started, Rude began to get bigger, faster, and stronger. His exceptional football skills began to show, and he quickly became a starter for the HSEJH Panthers. He continued his 7th and 8th grade year at HSEJH and was a top player to watch once high school began.

Rude’s freshman year, he began to grow. A lot. He started his freshman year and never looked back. Rude started JV for his sophomore and junior seasons, and finally was given his shot at playing on Friday nights.

“I was nervous, yet excited,” Rude said. “Going out for the first time on a Friday night is something myself and my teammates will remember for the rest of our lives. It’s an experience few kids get to have and I’m grateful for it.”

Rude’s senior year was what he calls the best he’s ever had. Rude was one of the top performers on the HSE offensive line. He was given the distinction of offensive lineman of the week multiple times and coaches began to draw interest.

So far, Rude has gotten many different offers, and after months of coaches reaching out to him, Rude has narrowed it down to three top schools. Indiana state, St. Francis, and Marian University.

“I’ll have to make some hard decisions in the next couple weeks,” Rude says. “They are all great teams and I’m looking forward to my future in football.”

Story by Tyler Melser