Las Vegas Tight End Likes The Champs

Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman tight end Xavier Grimble is starting to make a lot of noise on the recruiting front. Boasting eight football scholarship offers from major programs, Grimble is an athletic and physical down field threat that has the attention of both BCS Championship teams. A recent offer from the Florida Gators surprised Grimble. He's looking to check out the Gators for taking notice.

You can catch Xavier Grimble this time of year on the hard court playing basketball for the Gorman Gaels. A 6-5, 245 pound forward putting up 10 points and eight rebounds a game, Grimble uses basketball to make his football skills better and uses football to make himself a better basketball player.

"I liked both, always played both growing up," Grimble said of the two sports. "I have always gone from practice to practice. I think it helps me in both sports, Football helps me be stronger than other guys ion the basketball court and basketball helps me be faster on the football field."

The Gaels ran a wing-T offense in 2008 and so he only had a chance to catch 13 passes. There is a new coaching staff on the way, but despite his lack of numbers, the folks around Las Vegas and the coaches that are now recruiting him have taken notice and believe he can be serious threat in a big time passing offense.

"People say I resemble Jermaine Gresham...Cornelius Ingram or Kellen Winslow, those type of players," Grimble said.

Just a month beyond signing day for the 2009 class, this 2010 class tight end already has eight big time offers. Oklahoma, Florida, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, UNLV, Texas A&M, and Washington have all mailed him a written offer for a full scholarship to play football.

Maybe the biggest surprise of the bunch is the Florida Gators. The defending BCS National Champs are a long way from Grimble and he recognizes that that.

"It was a surprise to me," Grimble said of the offer. "Florida was always one of my favorite schools but I never thought they would come this far. Me and my dad were going to send some film down, but the week before that (Florida assistant) Coach Brian White came to my school and then I called him and he told me they were going to offer me. We were really impressed that they would come down and offer this early. They are definitely one of my top schools."

Grimble knows three schools he will look at hard, but he isn't ready to narrow things down totally.

I don't have a final list yet, but Florida is definitely in the top three. They are a great program and always going to be contending every year. They have a huge tradition. It just seems something good to be a part of. I think if they have a spring practice I can come to, I think I may come to that.

The other two are no slouches themselves.

"Oklahoma will be up there as well and UCLA, they were my first offer," he said. "UCLA got some film on me and then they sent me an offer. Oklahoma...I am good friends with (2009 signee and Gorman teammate) Justin Chaisson and another guy, (junior) Quinton Carter is a cornerback from Las Vegas and I have known him my whole life."

Grimble knows wheat he is looking for in a program.

"I am going to go to the place that seems the best fit for me," he said. "It's going to be about how I feel about the situation, the coaches, and the environment." will be following Grimble's recruitment throughout the 2010 recruiting process. Stay tuned.

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