Carlos Carriere (Alpharetta, Ga.) wasn’t the only out-of-state receiver target to take in College Park, Md., April 5. Joining him was Lafayette (Williamsburg, Va.) wideout Hezekiah Grimsley , a 6-foot, 170-pounder, who landed a Maryland offer back in late February. Grimsley, along with his father, trekked up to UMD for the first time in order to see a spring practice and meet the new staff.
“Everything was just great at Maryland,” said Grimsley, who holds verbals from UMD, Va Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, Syracuse and ODU. “The coaches, the field, the people there, the campus and the opportunities I would have there – that all stood out about Maryland. I’d say [the Terps] and Virginia Tech are even at the top for me right now. Before, it was just Tech, but Maryland’s even with them right now.”
Grimsley said he thoroughly enjoyed watching highlights from Maryland’s past seasons, which gave him an idea what kind of playmakers the Terps have produced. He took particular note of how Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings) thrived in College Park.
The Lafayette product realizes it’s a new regime at Maryland, but he still believes he can accomplish plenty in offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s up-tempo spread.
“I loved the offense there,” Grimsley said. “Everything was high tempo, no-huddle. I liked how fast they moved and how everyone was on the same page. They got things done, and I feel like I could play in that type of system.”
After the practice, Grimsley sat down with his two area recruiters, Chris Beatty and Mike London. He also had an opportunity to meet head coach D.J. Durkin, who left the recruit and his father thoroughly impressed.
“The coaches were very welcoming overall, and just showed me the opportunity I’d have there. I really liked what they were saying,” Grimsley said. “They gave me a lot of good things to think about, and showed me how well I could do there.
“I’ve known Coach Beatty and Coach London since the end of my high school season, when there were still at UVA. They’re great guys and they know what they’re doing. Coach Beatty has a great plan for me, and I think I could learn a lot from him. And Coach Durkin is very energetic and I can tell he knows what he’s doing too. He has Maryland on the rise.”
The Williamsburg native also spoke highly of the campus, the player dorms and the upcoming $150 million facility upgrades.
“It’s all great there. The facilities they’re building are very impressive with the indoor fields and all,” Grimsley said. “And the benefits the players get there are great. They treat the players well there.”
Besides UMD, though, Grimsley also has hometown Tech trending. He’s visited Blacksburg, Va., on a couple occasions and has taken a liking to head coach Justin Fuente and his offense.
“The new staff is really good at Tech, and I feel I’d fit in there. There’s a lot of opportunities there,” said Grimsley, who mentioned location isn’t a major factor for him. “I also like their indoor facility, the campus and the academics.
“So right now I’d say Maryland and Tech are tied until something else comes along.”
Grimsley couldn’t define exactly what “something else” meant, but he did allow there are two offers he’d like to procure. He’s been in touch with coaches from Louisville and Duke and indicated both could ante up later this spring.
“We’ll see what [Duke and Louisville] do. I’m really not sure who’s going to offer next,” Grimsley said.
The only other schools the wideout’s been to besides UMD and Tech is Pitt. Grimsley’s not sure where he’s heading next, but figures to take a few more trips to regional programs this summer.
“I’m thinking by like the middle of my senior season I’ll be making my [college] decision,” Grimsley said. “That way I can take a couple officials. I know I definitely want to officially visit Maryland and Tech right now, and we’ll see about any others.”