In-State Standout Favors UM

This talented south Florida standout was very impressive in his season opener last week. He talked about that performance, including his thoughts on playing against a fellow UM recruit. He also talked about the recruiting process, why the Hurricanes are his front-runner, and what he thought about last Saturday's game.

At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely standout offensive lineman Cyrim Wimbs helped his team get off to an excellent start last week in a 17-9 win over St. Thomas Aquinas, which features UM prospect Tavares Gooden. Wimbs talked about the game and having to play against Gooden.

"We really came out strong," Wimbs said. "Our offense wasn't really clicking the way it should have been. It was raining really hard and we had a couple fumbles, including one on the goal line. They scored late in the game when it was out of reach. Tyrone ended up with 139 yards and two touchdowns. They have a kid being recruited by Miami [named Tavares Gooden]. I remember playing him last year when he was a defensive end. He was better on the line but he played on the otherside. His athletic ability is awesome and he has great speed but it looked like he was still learning how to play linebacker."

Wimbs, who graded out at 86.1-percent on his blocking assignments in that game after grading out at 96-percent against Hollywood Hills in the team's spring jamboree, has received several recruiting calls within the last couple weeks.

"People started calling but I'm never home," he said. "Ones I've talked to are North Carolina, Oklahoma, Nebraska, LSU, Florida State, and UM."

Wimbs, who has scholarship offers from all those schools and several more, said the Hurricanes are still atop his list.

"It's always been UM," he said. "We [Wimbsand teammates Tyrone Moss, Andrew Bain, and James Martin] tried to get up to the game last week but couldn't get a ride. It was a pretty good game for the first half but then UM got rollin. The offensive line for Miami played great. They're awesome."

The standout offensive lineman also took an unofficial trip to Miami on August 31 for the pre-game recruiting dinner.

"We went and had a lot of fun," he said. "I got to meet the coaches and see the team up close right before a game. It was a lot of fun, especially seeing so many other recruits there. Gooden was out there, a linebacker from Chaminade [John Beason] was out there and some of the guys that have committed [Bryan Pata, etc.} were out there."

Wimbs said he's getting real close to setting up some official visits.

"Coaches have been asking about that," he said. "I'm sending stuff to the clearinghouse right now so I can start setting thsoe up. Miami's No. 1 but I'm thinking a lot about Ohio State and Florida State too." Wimbs said he's also considering North Carolina, LSU, Rutgers, and N.C. State.

"I want to enjoy my season because we have a goal of getting to the state title game and winning it," he said. "With recruiting, I'll probably take my visits and them make a decision on where I'm going."

And as I've been saying for months now, there's a good chance that'll be Miami.

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