With NC State prospects Landon Walker and Doug Weaver off the board, the critical position of offensive line has taken on even more significance for the Wolfpack coaching staff. With a Pack offer now in his pocket, it's safe to say that OL Micah Grimes from Ft Meade (Fla) High School will be hearing plenty from NC State in the coming months.
At 6-5, 285 pounds, Grimes will be a four-year starter for Ft Meade this year. The rising senior is coming off an all-state and all-county effort in 2005 and has earned early scholarships from Maryland, NC State, Central Florida, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State and Iowa State. Grimes recently made a trip to Ole Miss for camp and has a couple of other potential trips on his schedule.
"I've already camped at Ole Miss," said Grimes. "I decided not to go to the Florida camp because I don't feel like they are recruiting me as hard as some of the other schools. I may also go up to Auburn and I'm going to try to make it up to NC State this summer but I can't guarantee it."
With the May evaluation period now passed, Grimes has formed a top five list and the Pack made the early cut.
"Right now, my top five in order is Ole Miss, Maryland, NC State, South Florida and Auburn," he said.
Grimes talked about Ole Miss and why they've emerged atop his list of favorites.
"I was there for two days and I felt like I was at home," said Grimes. "Coach Kehoe was up front with me about everything and I felt like I could trust him. I did good at the camp and I felt like I was wanted there. They let me know everything I wanted to know."
After receiving an offer from NC State on the last day of the May contact period, Grimes is also keeping a close eye on the Wolfpack.
"I love the state of North Carolina, really, and that is my major thing, honestly," he said. "It's beautiful and has good weather year round.
"But seriously, I like what is going on up there, I haven't spoken with Coach Amato yet, but I like Coach Dixon, and they seem down to earth and honest."
With a top five in mind, Grimes will now continue to evaluate his schools but says he doesn't plan on making a commitment any time soon. In fact, he accentuated the fact that when he tells a school ‘yes', they can count on him sticking.
"I will not commit early," said Grimes. "A commitment to me is a 100% deal and that's the definition of it to me. When I make a decision I won't be visiting anywhere else."