One of the few sophomores to already claim a Notre Dame offer is four-star receiver Trevon Grimes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas.
“I was actually really surprised it happened that fast,” Grimes said. “I had been interested in Notre Dame for a while, and they played a great bowl game. I followed their running backs coach (Tony Alford) on Twitter, and he followed back. I gave him a call after we exchanged messages, and that’s when he offered. He said he had known about me for a long time.”
Grimes moved with his family to Florida in the seventh grade. Before then, Grimes called Noblesville, Ind., home. Despite those roots, much of what Grimes knows about Notre Dame is from St. Thomas Aquinas alum and current Irish freshman Corey Holmes.
“He told me that Notre Dame is a really cool place to visit,” Grimes said. “So, I’m definitely interested in finding out more about them, and I told him I would visit and stay with him.”
Grimes, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 191-pounds, also holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Buckeyes claim the title of being Grimes’ leader.
“There’s nothing about Ohio State that I don’t like right now,” Grimes said. “Especially with the way they are playing right now. I’m going to give other schools serious consideration, though.”
Grimes plans to conclude his recruiting process before the start of his junior year.
“I’ve been thinking about that recently, and I want to commit this summer or right before my junior year,” Grimes said. “I’m looking for a school that uses wide receivers often, has a good atmosphere, and is close to home. That could mean in down here or back from where I’m originally from because I still have family in Indiana. I also want a coaching staff that will be there for a while.”
No junior day trips are on the schedule for now, though Grimes says the local Florida schools are likely to be the primary visits he makes this spring.