UCLA Will Go for the Grimble

UCLA went into Nevada and took out the #1 player in the state for the 2009 class, and they'll try to do it again in 2010 with Xavier Grimble, the 6-6, 240-pound tight end prospect from Las Vegas. Grimble told us about his early leaders...

Fresh off signing the top player in Nevada in the class of 2009, UCLA is hoping to do the same in 2010, offering Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman tight end Xavier Grimble (6-6, 240) a scholarship.

The Bruins are one of three schools to have offered Grimble officially, along with hometown UNLV and Oklahoma, who has signed three Gorman players in the last few years, including Grimble's teammate, Justin Chaisson.

"Right now, UCLA, UNLV and Oklahoma have officially offered and I have verbal offers from Duke, Oregon and Oregon State," said Grimble. "I'm also hearing a lot from Georgia, Florida, Colorado and Cal."

Grimble said UCLA and Oklahoma were two schools standing out, primarily because they've offered, but he's not in any hurry to make a decision.

He said: "Of the offers, UCLA and Oklahoma are ones I'm interested in. Oklahoma has recruited a lot of guys from here but that only has a little part. Mainly, after talking with the coach, it looks like a great thing for me. Chaisson's already recruiting me there. They were one of my favorite schools growing up. UCLA, they like me a lot and I'm hearing from the offensive coordinator (Norm Chow), and the head coach, Rick Neuheisel."

Grimble is planning on attending Junior Days at UCLA and Oklahoma as well as Oregon and Georgia. "I'm going to try and commit by the start of the season, but if I don't have a place by the time it starts, then I'll wait until after," said Grimble.

Grimble said a few key factors will weigh into his decision. "The coaching staff is important and how many players are returning is too," said Grimble. "And I want to see the offense and how they play. I definitely want to stay on offense."

Grimble said a current Sooner is a player he's modeled his game after. "I compare myself to Jermaine Gresham," said Grimble. "We're similar in our route running and catching and making plays after the catch."

Grimble also plays basketball for the Gaels, and wouldn't mind the opportunity to do that in college, but knows football is where his future lies. "I probably will just play football," said Grimble. "If it was an option, though, I'd probably might take it."

Academically, Grimble will take the SAT in the spring.

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