Last Tuesday started off like every other day for Hollywood Hills high CB Tony Grimes, but shortly after arriving at school he received a bit of news that made it clear that the day was going to be anything but ordinary.
"My coach pulled me aside and told me that he had something for me," Grimes recalled. "I had heard that Michigan might be getting ready to offer me, but I was like nah, ‘it can't be.' But that's what it was… a Michigan offer."
On the heels of that scholarship, Michigan assistant Jay Hopson made it by the school twice that day to gather more information on the talented youngster. Thanks to a number of phone conversations in recent days Grimes has gained a much better understanding of what his role would be in the Maize & Blue. At the same time, he also began building a strong rapport with Hopson.
"They are kind of short on corners right now," said Grimes of Michigan. "They're looking for a dude to come in there and step up and compete for a starting spot. Coach Hopson said that I had the ability to come in as a true freshman and go out there and compete for a starting spot. That's really big to me. That's just a really big offer. For me to already have a good connection with a coach Hopson is a big plus."
The Wolverines have gained substantial ground in the 6-1, 180-pounder's recruitment. The next step in the courtship process is to get him to Ann Arbor for a visit, which is something that may take place in the not too distant future.
"I'm planning on taking two (Michigan visits) actually," Grimes reported. "Sometime in June I'm going to try and get out there for an unofficial, and then I'm going to try and get out there for their camp. If I don't make it twice, I'll make it once for sure."
With the northern options in his recruitment growing faster than the ones in-state, he is starting to look at his recruitment in a different light.
"I actually said I wanted to stay in-state at the beginning, but now as things go further in the process, my mind has changed about that," he said. "I'm wide open."