Lafayette (Williamsburg, Va.) receiver Hezekiah Grimsley had a Big 12 offer from Iowa State and another verbal from Marshall, but on Feb. 22 he landed his first Big Ten scholarship from Maryland. The 6-foot, 165-pounder said he’d had contact with both of UMD’s Virginia-area recruiters, Mike London and Chris Beatty, each letting the wideout know the Terps sought his services.
“I honestly don’t really know how to feel about the offer, because I don’t know much about the school yet,” Grimsley said. “I am happy about it, because it is another big offer for me and it kind of puts me more on the map. But I have to look more into [the Terps] and get to know the coaches more. I’m looking forward to it, though.”
Grimsley said he did not know London or Beatty prior to their arrivals in College Park, Md., earlier in 2016. The Lafayette product was aware both were formerly employed at UVA, but didn’t have a relationship with either.
“But they seem like cool guys and guys I want to get to know,” Grimsley said. “I haven’t really been talking to them too long yet. [Feb. 22] was my first time. They just said how they want me and think I’d be a great fit in the offense. They talked a little about the school and things like that. We didn’t really talk too long.”
After speaking to the coaches, though, Grimsley did some initial research on the Terps. He liked that Maryland’s in the Big Ten, thought the Under Armour uniforms were “pretty cool,” and said the facility upgrades caught his eye.
“I saw the facility online and it looks really nice,” Grimsley said. “It’s pretty cool looking. I want to get up there and see the rest of the campus when I can.”
Grimsley is unsure when he might be able to venture up to UMD, however. He said he’s currently running track, which will preclude him from heading out to college campuses until later during the spring.
So far, the only school he’s seen is Pittsburgh.
“I went on a junior day at Pitt and really liked it there. The facilities, the coaching staff and fans, I like them,” Grimsley said. “I think they’re eventually going to offer me. It’s an offer I’m waiting for.”
Another offer the Williamsburg native was waiting for was Va Tech. The hometown school had been in touch and anted up Feb. 25.
“I was waiting for that Tech offer. That’s a school I like a lot,” Grimsley said. “I know a lot of people that are there now and have come from there. It seems like a good school. Their coaches seem cool too.”
Outside of Pitt, Va Tech and his current offerees, Grimsley said he hasn’t heard much from the power-five level.
Which is part of the reason why he’s insistent on waiting his recruitment out.
“I’m waiting until after my senior year before making any kind of college decision,” said Grimsley, who will likely add an ODU offer in due time. “I think I’ll get a lot more interest once my senior film goes out.”
Grimsley is coming off a season where he recorded 30 receptions for 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had five kick/punt return scores.