Standout Florida OL Favors UM

This talented offensive line prospect from the state of Florida is coming off a strong spring and was impressive at the University of Miami summer camp. He's now hoping for a scholarship offer from the Canes, which he said he'd jump all over.

Perhaps the most impressive story-line from this year's NIKE Camp was how a pair of hugely talented offensive linemen are on the same team blocking for one of then state's top tailbacks at Ely H.S. That tailback is Tyrone Moss and one of those offensive linemen is Cyrim Wimbs.

Measured at 6-foot-4 and 331 pounds at the UM camp last Sunday, Wimbs said he had a very good time, even though his day was cut short because of a funeral for his grandmother.

"I had a real good time," he said. "I learned a lot of new techniques and stuff. Overall, it was a very positive experience for me. The only thing was I weighed a little more than I wanted to. I was 317 at the NIKE Camp so I want to get back around 315 for the season."

Inside the classroom, Wimbs carries a 3.0 GPA and is still waiting for his test scores to come back. He spent the entire month of May in spring practice and talking to college coaches.

"A bunch of coaches were calling me," he said. "I talked to Miami, Florida State, UNC, NC State, Auburn, LSU, Rutgers, and Iowa," he said. "UNC, Rutgers, Iowa, San Diego State, NC State, Auburn, and LSU have sent me offers and I'm hoping to get some more this summer."

Which one is Wimbs hoping for the most?

"Miami's my No. 1 team," he said. "Then it's Florida State, UNC, LSU, and NC State. If UM offers me, I'll probably commit but I would still want to take my visits just to make sure of things."

Wimbs talked very highly of the Hurricanes.

"They're a great program," he said. "They have a great coaching staff and their coaches care more about what they can do for you more than what you can do for them. That's different than most places and that's very important to me."

Wimbs plays right tackle for Ely, while teammate Andrew Bain plays right guard. That's a pretty impressive right side of a high school offensive line. Wimbs said the talent level is good all around, however.

"It's not just us," he said. "We have talented players at every position. Almost our entire defense will have a chance to play in college somewhere if you count juniors. Our biggest goal is to get into the state championship game. We've been real close in recent years. Last year we lost in the regional game to Atlantic so we're trying to get even further this year. We have the team to do it and we're all working very hard together. One of the things Coach Coker told us at the camp is that 75-percent of their work was done before the season even started. The off season and summer conditioning is very important so I'm trying to make it happen now."


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