One of the state's most traveled and hardest working prospects is 2016 running back Michael Grimsley of South Florence High School. The 5'8 175 pound back has been all over the Carolinas and Georgia to compete and showcase his talents. He's had great success thus far and he's hoping that more schools will step forward as he heads toward his junior season next year.
The dynamic prospect like we said has been to a number of camps and showcases this off season. He talked with us about each and every event he's competed in so far.
"Well I've been to the NUC 5-star in Myrtle Beach, another NUC combine in Columbia, participated in the SC State Strength Meet, the MVP Camp in Georgia, and the VTO Elite 100."
"Well for the NUC 5-star it was pouring down rain the entire time. So it was pretty hard to gauge anyone's skill. I did well considering the conditions and was chosen as the top running back there."
"As for the NUC combine in Columbia it was raining there too. I had a really good shuttle and 40 time at 4.12 and 4.67 seconds. I also had 22 reps of 155 pounds on the bench press. I was also awarded Combine King."
"At the State Strength Meet I placed 3rd in the 180 pound weight class with the best bench press in my weight class of 295 pounds which I got very easily and if I had gone 10 pounds heavier I would have placed 2nd. I squatted 405 pounds on my 2nd attempt and dropped 435 pounds on my 3rd attempt."
"At the MVP Camp again it was raining but it wasn't bad enough to majorly effect play. I did alright and this is the first camp where I really felt a lot of tough competition. Everyone there had a good skill set and knowledge of the game. I was chosen as one of the top 7 or so running backs from all grades to compete in a best against the best in a showcase at the end of the camp. Even though I felt like it was one of my worst performances."
"The VTO Camp was close to the talent level of the MVP camp in Georgia and it was finally nice and sunny. It was one of the hardest camps I've been to. They squeezed every rep they could out of me. I thought this camp was the best I had ever performed in. I was on point with my drills and routes. I was chosen as one of the showcase running backs at the end and was picked as one of the top 5 running backs from all grades."
Looking ahead to his junior season next year Grimsley talked about some of the goals he's set for himself.
"My goals for next season are to beat all my records from last year. I'm very glad to see that I'm improving but I am still not where I need to be. I don't look at getting Top 5 as "getting Top 5" I look at it as "not first." There is always room to improve and that's all I can afford to focus on."
Lately Grimsley says a lot of D2 and D1 schools have been reaching out to him when it was just D3 schools before mostly.
We'll keep you posted regarding the latest with Grimsley's recruitment so keep it right here for the very latest!
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