Catching Up with Tony Grimes- Update

TSR's Ethan Rothstein catches up with Tony Grimes in an update to an article posted early this week.

Much has been made of a package deal down in Hollywood Hills HS in Florida, which would include DE Clarence Murphy and his teammate CB Tony Grimes.

Maryland already locked up Murphy, now they're waiting on Grimes, the six-foot, 173-pound defensive back who calls himself “as nasty as they come.”

Grimes and Murphy had previously said that they were planning on going to the same school, but Grimes has yet to make a decision, and will probably wait until signing day to do so.

Grimes said he's still deciding between Maryland, Michigan and Ole Miss, and is still weighing each of the schools.

“(I want to go) wherever I feel most comfortable,” he said. “Wherever I can get on the field quickest.”

Maryland definitely fulfills the latter of his requirements, he said, because he'll have an opportunity to play right away for head coach Ralph Friedgen. Grimes said that the man in charge of his recruitment at College Park was defensive coordinator Don Brown.

Hollywood Hills went 6-4 this year, according to Grimes, and lost their first game in the playoffs. Grimes said he had 64 tackles, 21 pass breakups, five interceptions and 500 return yards.

Grimes said his best attribute is his leadership ability.

“I'm good at getting my players involved,” said Grimes, “trying to get everybody on the same page and making plays so we can win the game.” has Grimes ranked as the 10th-best cornerback in the 2010 class, which means he would be a huge addition to the Terps' almost-completed class. However, Grimes knows he still needs to improve in some areas.

“I'm not a total student of the game,” he said. “I don't know everything there is to know about the game. I need to just take it all in as I go, stuff that I learn from people far more advanced than me.”

Grimes says he plans on working on putting on weight and getting faster in the offseason, and said he's “trying to get on the field as soon as possible.”

If Grimes does join his friend Murphy in College Park, Terp fans can be assured that he'll play with a chip on his shoulder and stay aggressive.

“I mean as a corner being the smallest player on the field, I don't feel like a small guy,” said Grimes. “I try to be as physical as I can with anyone on my side of the field.”

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