OL Prospect Grimes Has Interest in Tigers

A report is featured on an offensive line prospect from the state of Florida.

Fort Meade, Fla.--Micah Grimes says he has three early scholarship offers and more could be on the way prior to the senior season for the big and strong left offensive tackle.

The 6-4 1/2, 285-pounder from Fort Meade High School says in-state colleges South Florida and Central Florida have offered along with the University of Maryland.

One of the colleges he is looking at is Auburn, where the lineman checked out a spring practice in March.

"I am very interested in Auburn and loved everything when I visited there," Grimes says. "I like the coaches. Coach (Hugh) Nall seems like he liked me and he was interested in the fact that I might want to play center. Coach (Greg) Knox is writing me pretty regularly. I have a lot of friends who go there so Auburn is a place I would not mind going to."

Nall is Auburn's offensive line coach. Knox, who coaches AU receivers, recruits the part of Florida where Grimes lives.

Grimes, who says he has a best time of 5.4 in the 40-yard dash, has played on the defensive and offensive fronts for powerhouse Fort Meade, but projects as an offensive lineman in college. "I am definitely an offensive lineman on at the college level," he says.

The tackle, who has started 31 straight games, was named his team's top lineman last season as the squad finished as the state Class A runnerup after winning the state championship his sophomore season.

One of the reasons Grimes has developed an interest in Auburn is that one of his former high school coaches, Alvin Mitchell, played football for the Tigers and speaks highly of the university. "He took the year off this year to spend more time with his girls," Grimes says. "He is an awesome coach."

Grimes says his favorite college is Florida. "Auburn and Miami are my two or three, I really haven't decided. I like Georgia and South Carolina. That is really it right now. I haven't heard too much from anybody else. I haven't heard much from Georgia or South Carolina, but I like those two schools. I like where South Carolina is headed. Georgia is Georgia."

Grimes says he plans to attend summer camps at Auburn, Florida and "probably Miami."

He previously played three sports, but dropped basketball and baseball to concentrate on football. "I am very athletic for my size," he says.

Grimes notes that he even though offensive linemen often are overlooked, he really enjoys playing there with the physical part of the game on the line of scrimmage. "I like being in control," he says. "It starts up front with the linemen. I like to protect my quarterback and I like blocking for the running back. You don't really get glory as an offensive lineman, but the glory for me is knowing that we won a game."

Off the field, he writes for a magazine in his hometown and is interested in majoring in mass communications. Academics shouldn't be an issue for Grimes, although he notes he is no threat to become a math expert in college. He has good grades and a qualifying SAT score.


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