2016 Nebraska Profile: Derrion Grim

A look at Nebraska true freshman Derrion Grim and his possible impact in 2016.


Position: WR

Height/Weight: 6-foot/195-pounds

High School: Ronald E. McNair (California)

Year: True Freshman

2015 recap:

As a high school senior, Grim had a record-assaulting season. He logged 1,928 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns in 2015 – both California state single-season records. If he hadn’t been such a strong commitment to Nebraska, it’s likely more than just Boise State, UNLV and Eastern Washington would have offered the high three-star recruit.

He was named the 2015 Starbucks/Black Hat offensive Player of the Year for the 209 in Cali.

“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.”

2016 preview:

After enrolling early, Grim has set himself up for early playing time in the Nebraska receiving rotation, despite it being one of the strongest position groups in 2016. Grim received extra work with the top two units due to Jordan Westerkamp’s groin injury. 

“He’s a focused young man. He reminds me a lot of Stan (Morgan) in terms of his focus and attention to detail,” said Nebraska wide receiver coach Keith Williams in March. “He’s focused here everyday, he doesn’t joke around, he’s in his playbook. I’m really excited about him.”

Grim’s competition in high school was often mentioned when his production was talked about among recruitniks. It was one of the biggest knocks and a reason why many felt he might not be able to compete right away. If Nebraska’s 15 spring practices showed anything, the early enrollee will be able to log time. Don’t expect a 25+ catch season, but don’t be surprised to see Grim log 15-20 receptions.

How he ended up in Lincoln: 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.

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