LB Having Impressive Summer

The coaches working the D-1 Camp last week in south Florida made sure to bring the best player from each side of the ball together -- Antone Smith on offense and Baxter Grisby on defense.

"We weren't even on the same side of the field," Grisby said. "They wanted to see us go 1-on-1 with each other. I tried jamming him because he's not real big but he's a lot stronger than I thought. Plus, he's pretty fast. But I was able to stay with him the whole time. The quarterback just made a perfect throw."

Smith said he enjoyed the competition from Grisby as well.

"I wasn't out there for the whole camp but I went against him," he said. "He was real strong and could run real good for his size."

The Boynton Beach standout linebacker just started playing football in tenth grade. Now he's one of the top linebacker prospects in south Florida.

"I'm in on every single play," he said. "If I'm not making the solo tackle, I'm in the pile somewhere. Either that or I'm there ready to pick up the ball and run if it pops out."

Grisby, 6-1 and 220 pounds, also runs track and plays varsity basketball.

"I basically did (track) to help work on my speed and to stay in shape," he said. "I threw the shot 41. I had strained my groin at the end of football season so I was making sure I got my speed all the way back up."

The talented linebacker, who averaged over 10 tackles per game as a junior, has been busy preparing for what he hopes will be a big senior season.

"Basically, I'm trying to help this team get stronger," he said. "I wanna go further this year in states. Plus, the better we are, the better chance there is for my teammates to get some exposure to colleges."

Grisby, who doubles as a tight end on offense, attracted lots of recruiting attention during the spring.

"One day Coach Cristobal from Miami came out to watch practice," he said. "I was making just about every single tackle that day. I was making plays behind the line of scrimmage and everything. I looked over and he was going crazy on the sidelines. I got home and he called me that same night. He was just telling me and said he wanted to see me at camp and everything. He said anytime I want to take an unofficial visit to watch the team work out or whatever just to let him know."

Grisby said he wasn't able to make it to the UM camp because of the D-1 camp mentioned earlier.

"Coach Cristobal still made it out there for one of the sessions," he said. "I thought I was doing really good out there."

Although UM has not yet offered a scholarship, he is getting interest in that regard as well.

"Pittsburgh has already offered me," he said. "Bowling Green said they're close. I talked to a lot of people in the spring. My top ones right now would be Pittsburgh, UM, Michigan, and Georgia."

Grisby said he'll check out the depth charts when making his final decision.

"I'll compare how many guys they're losing and how many guys they're signing," he said. "If a team brings in 4 after losing just one or something like that, it could either mean they're thin and need some more help or it could mean they're loaded. It's something I'd have to look at but I love competition and I feel I can be the best guy coming in."

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