Standout OL Talks About a Lot

This standout offensive lineman has a scholarship offer from UM and he talks about the recruiting process, his teammates that are being recruited by UM, and he gives his thoughts on several other recruits from around the area in this in-depth interview.

At 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely standout offensive lineman Cyrim Wimbs has helped his team to a perfect record so far while playing right tackle.

"We're playing really well," he said. "The big thing is we're getting more like a team every week. We have three games left before the playoffs and we need to stay focused."

While Wimbs is trying to take things one game at a time, he can't help but get excited about the game against Dillard in the regular season finale.

"They say Stanley McClover is two sacks away from the school record at Dillard," he said. I think he has 18 and needs 20 to tie it. Although he'll probably line up on the other side, I'm looking forward to playing him."

Wimbs, who is busy preparing to take the next SAT test, also discussed some other players he's watched or competed with before.

Dave Howell - "I went to camp with him and he's a big, strong guy," he said. "He play on both sides of the ball and he has a nice bull rush on defense. I've seen him at a couple of the UM games and he said he's totally committed to Miami."

Bryan Pata - "I heard about the situation with him getting disqualified," he said. "That sucks because he was having a great year. He's supposed to be committed to UM as well so I was paying attention to him. I remember him from the camp and he was real good. He's real quick and real strong."

Ryan Harris - "I remember him from the camp," he said. "He's not real bulked up but he's a real good athlete. I remember thinking he was a tight end at first because of his size. He's got real quick feet and he plays with great technique."

Dwayne Bowe - "I met him at the Michigan State camp," he said. "He was awesome up there. He's huge and he runs fast and catches everything. Every week, he's on the highlight reels."

Kyle Wright - "He's supposed to be the No. 1 quarterback in the whole country and he's going to UM," he said. "I met him at the Florida State game. He was trying to talk me and Andrew [Bain] into going to Miami with him. We told him Miami's one of our favorites. He was real cool."

Andrew Bain - "We're looking at a lot of the same schools and there's a pretty good chance we'll end up at the same one," he said.

Tyrone Moss - "He told me it's pretty much between Miami and Virginia Tech," he said. "He thinks he can beat out Frank Gore and he doesn't want to redshirt so he's trying to decide whether Miami or Virginia Tech is the best situation for him. He and James [Martin] are supposed to be going up to Michigan State this weekend."

James Martin - "I think he's having a good year," he said. "He's the best player I've faced all season and I do it every day in practice. He's trying to go to Miami but they haven't offered him. He also likes Penn State a lot and he's also going to Michigan State with Tyrone this weekend."

Wimbs also talked about the recruiting process.

"It's keeping me busy," he said. "Those coaches call at all times of the night. 10, 11, it doesn't matter. I'm trying to narrow it down but that doesn't bother them. Even ones I said I'm not considering still call."

That's what happens when you're one of the state's best offensive line prospects. Wimbs said he is pretty much looking at five.

"I'm pretty sure that my five visits will be to Ohio State, UM, Florida State, N.C. State, and Oklahoma," he said. "Basically, it's probably going to be out of Miami, Florida State, and Ohio State. But Oklahoma called me last night and we have set up a visit. And I'm taking a visit to N.C. State with Andrew."

Wimbs said he's trying to take his official visits before January.

"I haven't set up my visit to Miami yet, but I'm trying to take most of them earlier," he said. "But since we plan on being in the state [title] game, that might not work out too well. I want to be able to take some during the season. Miami will probably be the first available week in January. Me, Tyrone, Andrew, and James will probably all visit Miami together."

Bain said he'd like to catch FSU during a game-week situation.

"I went up there over the summer and it was just dead boring because it was the summer," he said. "I want to go up there when things are crazy for football."

So what are the chances that all three Ely kids with UM offers end up as Hurricanes?

"There's a good chance all of us will end up at Miami, but we're all looking around right now. We all grew up together and have been playing together. So it would be cool to be able to stick together in college."

The talented lineman said he's spoken to UM coaches Larry Coker, Art Kehoe, and Vernon Hargreaves during the regular calls he gets.

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