Derrion Grim played in just five games his junior year at Ronald E. McNair High School. The most accurate way to describe his recruitment up to this point is light.
But he sure made the most of the time he was able to suit up. And at least one college noticed.
Grim, a 6-foot, 194-pound receiver out of Stockton, Calif., caught 35 passes for 637 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. After visiting San Jose State, UNLV, Nevada and UC Davis, Grim took a trip to Boise, Idaho for Boise State's junior day.
BSU's coaches saw the dynamic athleticism and skill Grim possessed in person, and extended an offer to the Northern California sleeper. Less than 24 hours later, he committed.
"My work ethic, I believe, is what made Boise State decide to offer me," said Grim, who compares his game to former Oregon State standout Brandin Cooks. "They said I would be a good fit for the team and that they wanted me to come to the school."
Grim, who has been in contact with receivers coach Junior Adams for a couple of months, wasn't expecting an offer from the Broncos. But he was hoping for one. He said that it was his on field performance had the coaches excited.
"It was a complete surprise when they offered," Grim said.
Because of athletic guidelines in Stockton, Grim's transfer from Lincoln High School to McNair before his junior year didn't qualify as a "full family move." That meant he had to forfeit a portion of that season. Even though Nevada, Iowa State, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State, UNLV, Washington State, San Jose State and UC Davis were all interested in Grim, none had offered.
Boise State, which has built a reputation for gleaning shining prospects where others may not be looking, was a school where Grim had always envisioned playing.
"I've always wanted to come see Boise," he said. "The facilities, the coaches, the blue turf, all of that was very interesting to me."
But what Grim and his family experienced in Idaho's capital city blew them away.
"The atmosphere and the school were incredible. Those are what stood out to me the most," Grim said. "I also really liked the academics, facilities and the business department as well. Business is what I want to major in. The facilities, the coaches and their philosophy and personalities were exactly what I want."
Not long after Boise State extended an offer, a slew of recruiting coordinators and coaches from other schools began contacting Grim. But he says nothing will sway him from his commitment.
"I'm actually going to stand firm with Boise State," he said. "I'm not going to take any more visits. I've told the coaches from other schools that I don't want to go anywhere else."