UW commit switches to Idaho

Idaho has been focused this recruiting cycle on fortifying its defensive backfield, and this week the Vandals gained a verbal pledge from former Washington commit AARON GRYMES (6-0, 170). He was sidelined for part of last season, but the standout athlete with jets (4.40-40) rejoined his West Seattle team and helped them win three playoff games. Inside he talks about his plans to attend Idaho.

Yesterday afternoon The Seattle Times reported that West Seattle High School standout athlete Aaron Grymes (6-0, 170) has changed his verbal pledge this week from Washington to Idaho. Last night, Scout.com confirmed the reports.

Grymes was one of the first athletes to verbally commit to former Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham this year, making his pledge before Willingham was fired following an 0-12 season. But when new head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff took over the Husky program last month, the situation changed. As The Times reported today, Washington now offered Grymes a grayshirt which would delay his enrollment until next spring. That, and the interest coming from the new Husky staff had cooled compared to the Willingham regime.

Throughout the process, Idaho maintained contact with the two-way star for the Wildcats, known best as a hard-hitting safety and fleet footed receiver.

"After I made my commitment to the University of Washington, the University of Idaho was pretty much the only school that still showed a lot of interest in me," Grymes told Scout.com last night. "And I'm glad they did, because it turned out good."

Recruited to Idaho by coach Luther Carr, the official trip to Moscow and the Palouse was a good one for the cornerback prospect who was hosted by Idaho freshman defensive back Kenneth Patten. "I visited January 16th weekend," Grymes said. "I think it went really great. I bonded with the recruits that were there – they were good. [Patten] was real cool. I enjoyed myself. And the coaches – they showed me a lot of love when I was there."

The interest the Idaho coaches showed in Grymes throughout the entire process was ultimately what sealed it for the Vandals.

"The coaches showed a lot of interest in me. And while I was on my trip, the recruits who I will be attending school with and playing football with next year were also real good, and I feel like I bonded with them real well. I can see myself living and playing with them the next four or five years. And just the coaches showing me a lot of love even though I was committed to the U-Dub back then, they still showed a big interest in me and that they wanted me there. So I think that played a big part in me choosing Idaho."

"I definitely wanted to be somewhere where I felt wanted and where I was going to be able to play."

It has been a common focus throughout this recruiting cycle for Idaho: defensive backs and quarterbacks. With Grymes the Vandals fulfill that recruiting mission of fortifying the defensive backfield.

"I have quick, football speed on the field," Grymes said of his playing style and attributes that he brings to the gridiron. "I feel like I have a knack for where the ball is – I can always find the ball and be the first one there. I think my football smarts – I really know what's going on. I like to watch film so that I can learn a team's tendencies – who they like to throw to, and what that guy's favorite move is when he has the ball. I just like to pick up little stuff like that. Or like the linemen, how do they react on a pass – I like to pick things up like that so it helps me out on the field."

So what will it be for the versatile athlete with the 4.40 forty? Safety or corner? The Vandals are currently recruiting him as a corner, but it could end up going either way.

"My primary position [at West Seattle] was safety, but I did switch out to corner in pretty much all the games I played in," he said. "I really just want to get out there and play obviously, but preference-wise I think it's dependent on the game situation."

So we know the speed. We know his football skills. What does he plan to work on to get ready for next fall? "I'm going to work on my size and strength. I know there's some big boys at the college football level. Not that I can't compete with them, but I need to get my size and strength up."

And will he redshirt or play right away? "I wouldn't say I'm expecting to do either or, but I'm looking forward to coming and competing for a spot and being able to play."

His senior year was a mix of highs and lows, where he battled through an injury that kept him out for several games, but was on the field to take West Seattle to new heights.

"My senior year actually started out great," Grymes said looking back the 2008 season. "My team was supposed to make history at West Seattle. I was two games into the season and I tore my meniscus. So that put me out about five or six games, but I really worked on my knee and rehabbed it and I was able to make it back for the last four games of the season. Three of them were state playoff games. We finally ended up losing, but our record was 9-2 and we made it the furthest in school history. We set some school records the last few years, and it was great."

An outstanding way to finish a solid high school career.

Grymes is fully qualified and ready to go for next season. So what will he study? "I'm going to go into the business field which actually plays out really well, because my position coach – Coach Libey – was a double major in business. And Idaho has a very good business school to go into."

With signing day fast approaching, the commitment to Idaho is solid and no other trips are currently planned.

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