Grimm Poised For Big Junior Year

Bethel Park returns an experienced and physical offensive line, with junior Michael Grimm playing a big part. Grimm talks about his junior season, about his camps and about a verbal offer he picked up over the summer.

If you watch Bethel Park's offensive line this year, it's hard not to notice the size of their offensive line as a whole. It's even harder to miss offensive tackle, Michael Grimm. Grimm stands at 6-6, 311 pounds, and is part of a physical group that's centered on running the football.

In a scrimmage with Gateway on Friday night, both of the Blackhawks' touchdown runs came behind Grimm. Grimm says his group prides itself on being physical.

"We have offensive line goals, and we have a lot off offensive goals for the season," Grimm said. "We do a lot of one-on-one stuff, a lot of pass-rushing drills. We are coming together real well. Our starting line has two juniors, including myself, and three seniors."

Over the summer, Grimm went to prospect camps at Pittsburgh, Penn State and West Virginia. He said each one presented something different. When he embarked on his summer schedule, it was still hard to settle in.

"At first, it was just weird, ‘they're coming to see me,'" Grimm said of colleges expressing interest. "The camps went really well. At West Virginia, it was so hot that day. Then at Pitt, it was 60 degrees. I went to Penn State, and it was at an indoor facility. They were all different, and I liked all three schools."

The Pitt one gave him a chance to work with offensive line coach Jim Hueber. Grimm was pleasantly surprised to leave with a verbal offer, this early in his recruiting process.

"I grew up a Pitt fan, but that was primarily for basketball," Grimm said. "It wasn't until I started playing football that I started following them (for football). Their whole staff was great. They are very straightforward with you on everything. They told you everything (at the camp); what they wanted you to do."

Grimm says it's very early in his recruiting process to determine where is interest is, and where he would lean towards. He did talk about some fall plans, which will include getting to same games.

"I definitely want to go to a Pitt game and a West Virginia game, I'm trying to see what's going on," Grimm said. "Alabama sent me something. They got my film. I definitely want to go see a game, or just visit down there. I definitely want to try to get myself to Oregon, too."

Bethel Park opens its 2012 regular season with a game against Plum this Friday. They will compete in an expanded Quad-A Southeast Conference that includes Baldwin, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Penn Hills, Peters Township, Plum, Upper St. Clair and Woodland Hills.

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