He's only a sophomore heading into his junior year this fall, but Grimble will be one of the top defensive line prospects in the nation for the 2011 class and one of the most highly recruited prospects by the time he's a senior in high school. At this point, he has scholarship offers from Texas Tech, LSU, Utah, UNLV and UCLA was the latest school to offer after Grimble attended a camp at UCLA earlier this month. After the offer came in from UCLA, there were rumors Grimble was a silent commit to the Bruins, but he said that's completely false.
"Right now I don't have any school I'm favoring, I am wide open," said Grimble. "I have no idea where that rumor started. Every school I have an offer from is equal, every school I have interest in is equal with the rest."
All schools might be equal, but there's no doubt the Grimble family has a lot of respect for USC and its football program. Grimble's father, Jerry Grimble, called us on Tuesday and said they had a great visit at USC and tour of the campus. He also appreciates the value of a degree from USC.
"If you play football and get a degree from USC, you can do anything you want for the rest of your life," he said. "Jalen is wide open on the schools he's looking at, but USC is a great school with a great football program.
We asked Grimble if there had been any talk about a possible scholarship offer from USC after the Rising Stars Camp?
"I've had some people tell me that, but I'm not really sure," said Grimble about the possibility of a USC verbal offer after the camp.
Xavier Grimble told us on Monday that he speaks regularly with the USC coaching staff, not an uncommon practice with committed players. Jalen Grimble speaks to a Jethro Franklin on occasion, but his father, Jerry, speaks the most with the USC staff.
"I don't speak to the USC coaches on a regular basis, but from time to time I talk to Jethro (Franklin) and my dad communicates with him and Brennan Carroll a lot," Grimble said. "So, we talk to them as much as we can."
Grimble's position coach at USC will be Jethro Franklin, and Franklin impressed Grimble when he was at USC in April.
"I like his attitude toward the players and love his intensity at practice," said Grimble. "I like everything about him, I like the way he coaches, the way he teaches his players with his individual time. I just really like him."
Grimble, one of the elite 2011 prospects, was asked if the visit to USC's spring practice was pivotal in his cousin Xavier's decision to commit to USC?
"Personally, I would have to say, yes," said Grimble. "He got to visit the school, tour the campus, got to see a practice, watch the coaches and I think that visit played a good role in him choosing USC."
Every year USC's Rising Stars Camp attracts some of the top talent in the country and is really considered the premier camp on the West Coast. Grimble said he is aware of the talent the camp attracts.
"My coach (Tony Sanchez) told me about it and said there's a lot of competition at the Rising Stars camp," said Grimble. "Usually the best players in the nation are there, but I have a lot of confidence in myself and I feel I'll be able to do okay."
We also believe Grimble will do okay and offering Grimble a scholarship seems like a no brainer to us, but we're not paid five million dollars a year to make those decisions. Just know Grimble is not only a talented football player, but a bright kid with a team-first mentality. It will be a huge surprise if he doesn't leave USC with a verbal offer. By the way, did we mention he also comes from a great family?
We will speak to Grimble and his father after the Rising Stars Camp.