Grimble impressed with Sun Devils

Four-star defensive end Jalen Grimble has been visiting a few of his suitors in recent weeks, and over the weekend he tripped to Arizona State for an unofficial visit. Grimble shared him impressions of that trip with Devils Digest and talked about a timetable for his upcoming visits and when he expects to make a decision.

"The visit to Arizona State was good and better than what my expectations were," said the 6-4 255 Jalen Grimble. "I really enjoyed myself. I saw the campus and the facilities. I got to sit down through a defensive line meeting before the team had its scrimmage and see what kind of system they run.

"Academics are really important to me and on the visit I saw how much academic support the school gives its football players. I was very impressed how they help the players as much as they can and stay on them so they get good grades. Football can only take you so far and you have to have a degree that you can fall back on, no matter how long your NFL career is."

The Las Vegas Bishop Gorman standout attends the same school as current Arizona State cornerback Josh Jordan did. Therefore, Grimble spent some time talking with Jordan and another former Las Vegas high school player, Lawrence Guy, about their experiences with the Sun Devil program.

"Both of them told what great coaches and academic support they have," Grimble remarked. "Josh Jordan was running for office in the school government and that was an eye opener. It's important that a player can do other activities in school aside from just playing football."

The defensive end is being recruited by Craig Bray, and Grimble has been impressed with ASU's defensive coordinator.

"He knows as much about defense as any other coach in the country," Grimble stated. "He's a very intelligent guy and is very demanding of his players because he knows exactly what he wants from them.

"I would rather be playing for a demanding coach than a coach that gives you more leeway. When you tend to do things your own way, you tend to play worse. I rather play for a coach that has a good system and wants his players to play there way he wants you to."

As a junior Grimble collected 59 tackles and eight sacks and was voted first team All-Conference. He reported a weight room mark of 325 lbs. benching and 400 lbs. squatting.

The Gales were 15-0 in 2009 and won the 4A Nevada state championship. He was also a part of Bishop Gorman's state championship basketball team this past season. He has roughly 20 offers from schools such as Alabama, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee, Nebraska, UCLA, USC and Washington.

"Recruiting has been crazy and it will always be crazy," Grimble acknowledged. "I just try to take it at a steady pace and enjoy it as much as I can."

Because of his basketball schedule earlier this year, the defensive end didn't get to attend many Junior Day events. He will visit Nebraska's spring game this coming weekend. He already attended camps USC and UCLA last year, and plans to attend USC's camp this year as well. UNLV, LSU, Oregon, California and Utah are all schools that Grimble has visited in the past year or so.

Unlike many prospects of his caliber, Grimble doesn't wish to take any official visits in the fall and in fact would like to make his pledge before spring's end.

"Originally my dad and I picked a set date of August 10th," Grimble commented. "But the way things are looking right now I might have a decision by the end of this month or the beginning of next month.

"I don't have a short list of teams and all of them are equal in the race right now. We are going to start cutting teams down soon but nothing is set in stone yet."


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