FSU High On Grimble's Radar

Already out on the recruiting trail looking for a playmaking tight end for the 2010 recruiting class, Florida State has their eyes set in Las Vegas, Nevada. Xavier Grimble is one of 4 tight ends offered so far by Florida State. NoleDigest caught up with him to get his thoughts on his recruitment, and to see if the Noles will play a role in his decision.

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Xavier Grimble is one of the top tight ends in the nation for 2010. The Bishop Gorman High product has the size and playmaking ability that college are looking for in a recruit, and he fits the mold that Florida State is now looking for in a player at the tight end position. Grimble has seen his recruitment pick up over the past month, as he now has double digit offers from some of the top BCS programs in the nation.

"Recruiting has been going pretty well to be honest," said Grimble. "I have 10 offers from schools like Florida, Florida State, Southern Cal, California, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas a&M and Oregon State. Miami, Georgia and a couple others are evaluating me right now. Coming into this process I didn't have a favorite so no one leads right now."

Florida State likes Grimble because he has elite size to go along with his capability to make plays. He told NoleDigest that FSU was a school who followed as a kid and that the Seminoles will be a program that sticks around for awhile during his recruitment.

"Florida State was one of my favorites as a kid," Grimble said, "so when I got that offer I was very excited because I never thought I'd get one from them. While I haven't gotten a chance to talk to any of the coaches yet FSU is one of my top schools. They've been down for a few years but they are getting a lot of great recruits and they're a young team that will get back. FSU is a school that'll definitely play a role with my recruitment."

USC is the preeminent program right now, so naturally being from out west many feel that he'll be a Trojan when the recruiting cycle comes to an end in February. According to Xavier no school is considered a favorite.

"I was happy when USC offered me but they didn't take anyone out of consideration; right now they are under consideration just like all of the other schools that have offered. Do I think some teams may be better than others, yeah, but I am keeping every option open."

At nearly 6'6" and 245 pounds Grimble is one of the biggest tight ends in the class. At this stage Xavier feels as though he is a complete tight end because he can catch and block, but he wants to improve on every facet of his game.

"I think my route running and blocking ability makes me stand out," said Grimble of what makes him so highly regarded. "I can get up and make the catch, I have good speed and I have good blocking technique. I will get bigger in college but I plan on keeping these attributes and building on those on the next level."

Xavier says he has plans to get out and visit some schools over the next couple months. Right now FSU looks like they'll be a school he visits next month.

"I'm going to USC soon and over the next month or so I want to visit Florida, FSU and Oklahoma," explained Grimble. "Oregon and UCLA are going to get visits and I want to check out Miami, too."

"When I am on these visits I want to see if I'd be apart of the offense," continued Grimble. "I want to come in and at least be apart of the passing game and hopefully get the ball 5 times a game. It doesn't matter what kind of offense it is as long as the tight end is someone they involve."

Xavier is a standout on the hardwood for Bishop Gorman but he feels that football is his future. Grimble says he has some Division 1 offers for both sports, but look for the potential Scout.com number one tight end to pursue football first and foremost.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Xavier, as well as the rest of the 2010 recruiting class.

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