UM Among OL's Favorites

Micah Grimes is quickly emerging into one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Florida.

The Fort Meade standout played on both sides of the ball as a junior and had a strong year. In helping lead his team to the state title game, Grimes was a first team All-State pick.

"I have a lot of heart," Grimes said. "At Fort Meade, you're playing with a lot of smaller guys and you have to learn how to be tough when you have such a big size advantage. I play with a lot of pride. I've been apart of the Fort Meade program since 99 when I was a water boy. I've been here longer than anyone except our head coach."

Micah Grimes, 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, went both ways as a junior. In fact, he only missed one play on either side of the ball in the state championship game. Now he's emerging into a major Div. 1 recruit.

"I've been offered by Maryland, Central Florida, and South Florida," he said. "I also like Florida, Miami, and Auburn. They're showing high interest in me." Grimes spoke highly about each of the three who haven't yet offered.

"I talk to Coach Knox at Auburn pretty regularly and I really like their situation," he said. "I went to Florida and Miami for their spring game and junior day and was very impressed."

The talented big man, who already has a passing SAT score, spoke more about the Hurricanes.

"I've talked with Coach Cristobal," he said. "He only saw three minutes of my highlight tape and was impressed. He wants to see more of it. I've been to Miami twice. (Cristobal) said he's real picky with offensive line scholarships and that I'm definitely one of the ones on his list. I'm glad I went to Miami. I loved the campus. The classes are small. The coaching staff is awesome and Miami is a big time football program."

Grimes plans on attending the All-American Combine in Boca Raton on May 13.

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