Bamberg safety drawing interest

Bamberg Ehrhardt High School has been kind to Clemson in recent years, sending Scout.com five-star defensive ends Ricky Sapp and Da'Quan Bowers.

DB Zeph Grimes Profile

A member of Bamberg's 2011 class is starting to get familiar with the recruiting scene.

Zeph Grimes went to Clemson for the Wake Forest game, and South Carolina for the state championship. With Bamberg Ehrhardt coach Crosby handling his recruitment, Grimes said he's just now getting familiar with what's happening on the recruiting scene.

Those two trips are the first college football games he's been to since the South Carolina State game he went to when he was a lot younger.

"I knew about football, but it wasn't really a big deal (to me) then," Grimes said.

The environments he experienced those Saturday afternoons were much different than what he'd played in on Friday nights.

"They take the game way more serious than a regular high school game," Grimes said.

CUTigers asked him what he thought about being at each game in the fall.

Clemson: It was a good game. It was an interesting game. They have some nice coaches and some cool players. I like them.

South Carolina: I liked that game. It was a pretty good game. Carolinas defense, they did pretty good. They stood out a lot.

He's interested in Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia.

In the upcoming weeks, he could be taking trips to junior days. He'll get together with coach Crosby and talk about where he wants to go.

"He really didn't say much about it. I've got to talk to him more about it," Grimes said.

At Bamberg Ehrhardt, he plays as a stand-up outside linebacker, and blitzes a lot. In 2009, Grimes had 18 sacks. His other stats include: 80 tackles (27 solo), 38 TFL, 3 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. On the next level, he projects as a cornerback.

"Carolina said they would offer me, but they want to see if I can work in space with man-coverage and all of that," Grimes said.

That is motivation to make himself in the player he needs to be to play at the next level.

"Now that they brought that to my attention, I know that I need to improve on that more," Grimes said.

Also a member of the track team, he runs the 100, 4x100 and 200-meter.

"I run track to help me in the long run, to help me on my speed and all that," he said.

Clemson defensive end coach Chris Rumph is slated to be in town later this week, to check in on Grimes and the other prospects at Bamberg Ehrhardt.

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