With high school football, unless you play for Bishop Gorman, what happens in Vegas tends to stay in Vegas.
Desert Pines three-star athlete Randal Grimes isn’t a well known name on the recruiting trail, but that didn’t stop USC from offering him a scholarship in March and taking his commitment Saturday.
“I'm proud and blessed to announce that I decided to commit to the University of Southern California,” said Grimes in a tweet Saturday while unofficially visiting USC.
“I actually committed before the spring game, and I always knew I wanted to be a Trojan. I just needed to see campus again to make sure it was the right move.”
Grimes, 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, played both wide receiver and quarterback for Desert Pines last season. With his frame, some see Grimes having the potential to also play tight end or outside linebacker in college.
As a wide out, which is his preferred position, Grimes had more than 500 yards receiving and a total of 15 touchdowns on offense last season.
“As for me being 6-foot-5, the coaches see my speed and want to get me the ball a lot,” said Grimes. “Most corners are a lot smaller than me, so I can create mismatches. USC throws the ball a ton. Watching the spring game, they have a lot of talent at wide out too. Juju (Smith) and De'Quan (Hampton) were fun to watch."
Signing five wide outs last February, some might question why Grimes would commit to a school with so much talent at receiver.
"All I can say is that I;m ready to compete," said Grimes.
Having yet established his name among the region's more well known prospects, Grimes described his game for USC fans who have yet to watch his film.
"I'm a 6-foot-5 wide receiver who can go up and get the ball," said Grimes. "But I have the speed and quickness to compliment my frame as well."
Grimes made the trips to Southern California along with fellow Las Vegas (Nev.) four-star defense tackle Greg Rogers.
"I told Greg to come join the family," said grimes. "He just winked at me."
Grimes chose USC over scholarship offers from BYU, Arizona State, San Diego State, UNLV, Oregon State and Washington State.
While Grimes has always viewed USC as his dream school, Saturday’s commitment will not completely end the recruiting process for him.
“I’m still going to take some visits, but I’m not sure where yet,” said Grimes.