Nebraska signee profile: Derrion Grim

A look at Nebraska early enrollee Derrion Grim, a wide receiver from California.

SENIOR HONORS: 2015 Starbucks/Black Hat Offensive Player of the Year for The 209.

SENIOR STATS: 1,928 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns (both California state single-season record).

THE LOWDOWN: Nebraska wide receiver commit Derrion Grim didn’t just have a nice season. Or even what one would call a great season.

Derrion Grim had a record-assaulting season.

“I feel like I did a good job. I broke two records and tied one. I think it was a pretty good deal,” said Grim, who admits he didn’t go into the season thinking he would put up the numbers he did. “I didn’t really go into it thinking that way. I was just trying to get better. I was shooting for 2,000 yards throughout the season. That was one of my in season goals. The other was 20 touchdowns. When I got 34, it was pretty surprising.”

A former Boise State commitment, Grim visited Nebraska in September and didn’t need to ponder long before deciding he wanted to spend his college career in Lincoln. The 2016 prospect committed a day after leaving campus.

A week later, he was the Scout.com National Recruit of the Week and on the national radar.

Grim revealed plans to enroll early at Nebraska. The senior will hit Lincoln in January, meaning he will able to participate in the Huskers’ 15 spring practices.

“I think it’s going to give me a great chance in my opinion,” said Grim when asked about possibly playing next year. “If I have time to read the playbook and get used to the speed of college football, it’s going to help me out a lot. I’m ready to get faster as a player.

“They are telling me that they are excited and really can’t wait for me to get there. I really don’t know yet what to work on. I want to send Coach Williams my new highlights to see what he has to say."

WHY NEBRASKA: "The academics are the number one in the nation," said Grim, pointing to the academics All-Americans Nebraska has had in football. "It's better than Stanford and Northwestern.

"The second reason I committed is the offense. I have been watching the pro-style offense for years with Mike Riley at Oregon State. That's the offense I forsee myself playing in at the next level. 

"Third, Coach Williams is one of the best wide receiver coaches in the country. He can get me to my full potential. He can get me to where I want to go." 

WHO OFFERED HIM: Nebraska, Boise State, UNLV, and Eastern Washington.

SCOUT.COM RATING: 3-star WR (No. 64 WR in the country)

BRR PROJECTION: Grim’s game changed a lot from his junior to senior year. He’s a lot more polished and you really see it in his route running. He also took Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams advice and stopped getting tackled. He really worked on his explosiveness and elusiveness to make plays after the catch. His competition made it too easy at times, but we think he has a chance to be a first-year contributor, especially considering he’s an early enrollee.


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