Just a matter of months after tearing his ACL, Ohio State wide receiver signee Trevon Grimes is still on track to have a chance to contribute next season.
Grimes, a four-star recruit out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., signed his letter of intent with the Buckeyes on Feb. 1. Back on Sept. 30, 2016, he tore his ACL in what proved to be his final high school game against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.
Since his injury, Grimes has posted rehab updates on Twitter, and on April 10 he said he was healthy enough to be sprinting once again.
That bodes well for Grimes and the Buckeyes, who are putting a lot of emphasis on improving their receiving corps this year. Grimes is set to come to Columbus in the summer, and the expectation is that he'll be ready for fall camp in August.
Depending on his health – and so far everything looks good – Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith said Grimes has a chance to play right away.
"Rehab is going really well, he's killing it, he's doing really well," Smith said. "It's just going to be about when he gets here how he transitions and how mature he is. If he's one of those kids that comes in with the mentality to play as a freshman. Because they all want to, so they all think they're going to. But some kids come in and they just can't seem to feel the speed of the game at this level, they can't learn the offense this fast. For whatever reason.
"So we're going to have to see where he's at, I would anticipate he makes a push for it."
Grimes' situation mirrors that of rising sophomore Nick Bosa, who plays defensive end for Ohio State. Bosa also tore his ACL during his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas and the Buckeyes eased him in the following fall before he made a big impact as a true freshman. Smith said Grimes will likely be in for a similar timetable to Bosa, and the Buckeyes will be hoping he can make as big an impact as well.
"It'll just depend on how his knee looks when he gets up here," Smith said. "But I know he's doing really well with a similar situation to what Nick had down in South Florida."