ACCOLADES: Grimes suffered a knee injury after the third game of his senior season and missed the rest of the year. In his limited action, he had 15 receptions for 274 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Grimes registered 42 receptions for 770 yards with 11 touchdowns for a St. Thomas Aquinas teams that won state titles in 2015 and 2016. He was named All-Broward County as a junior after a 27-catch, 496-yard season and led the Raiders with seven scores. In addition to playing high school football, Grimes also ran track. He was the 300-meter hurdles state champion of Florida as a freshman and sophomore and was 110-meter hurdles runner-up as a freshman. Grimes was named the Sun Sentinel 2015 Class 4A-3A and All-Broward County track athlete of the year.
GRIMES SAYS: “Just a great coaching staff, a great atmosphere (at Ohio State). I grew up watching Ohio State as a kid when I lived back in Indiana. Great coaches and it’s, I guess, close to home.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “He’s got all the tools. He’s 6-4, 200-plus pounds. He’s got to work on his route-running, expanding his route tree a little bit as a receiver. But he’s got what you look for in a No. 1 receiver. He runs in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash. He’s not going to blow you away with his stats, but he’s got the tools to be a special player. The potential is there.” – Chad Simmons
PERSONAL: Originally from Indianapolis, Grimes moved to Florida in the sixth grade with his parents, Leah and Lebron Grimes. His favorite athlete is former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
2017 OUTLOOK: Given that receiver Noah Brown and H-back Curtis Samuel left the program early to enter the upcoming NFL draft, and wide out Corey Smith and H-back Dontre Wilson will have graduated by next fall, Grimes has a shot at making some noise in the Buckeyes’ wide-receiver room. He, along with incoming receivers Ellijah Gardiner and Jaylen Harris, will be vying for playing time in a position group that includes talented underclassmen like K.J. Hill, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor.
COMMIT DATE: Aug. 22, 2016
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