Ohio State wide receiver commit Trevon Grimes was injured during his high school game Friday, but he and others said the injury was not believed to be serious. That is unfortunately not the case.
A Friday night x-ray in Las Vegas revealed no bone or structural damage. Grimes and his family, when he returned to Florida on Saturday, felt there was nothing seriously wrong, but his left knee continued to bother him. On Sunday, an MRI revealed a torn ACL and he’ll miss the rest of his senior season because of it.
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Grimes told Landof10.com how the injury happened.
“I was coming back for the ball, it was kind of underthrown, so I cut back to slap it down because I knew it was going to get intercepted,” Grimes said. “I planted and my knee just buckled. I felt it pop out of place and it just shot into pain. I started screaming and calling for the trainers. I knew something was wrong with it, but I don’t know how to explain it. It just locked up. The MCL, everything around it is fine, it’s just the ACL.”
On Sunday night, the news of the injuries severity leaked without Grimes consent and before he had a chance to even discuss the issue with Ohio State’s coaching staff.
“I don’t know how it got out,” he said. “I was going to put something on Twitter tonight. I’m an easy-going kid, but that (getting out) shocked me. I’d think they’d ask me first. I felt, I wouldn’t say disrespected, but felt like I should have been asked first. I’m not going to take hard feelings to it, but I was going to release it tonight.”
Grimes, the country’s 16th-ranked 2017 prospect and third-ranked wide receiver, did talk to the Buckeyes on Sunday evening.
“I was on the phone with Ohio State for about 30 minutes before I called you,” Grimes said. “They’re fine, just wishing me prayers. Nothing has changed with them or my commitment.”
What has changed is how the 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior at St. Thomas Aquinas will spend the rest of his senior season. Like Nick Bosa a year ago, who tore his ACL the first weekend in October, Grimes will now focus on rehab rather than a state championship.
“I’m getting surgery done within the next week or two,” Grimes said. “It’ll be quick, they’re going to go in there and do that, and then we’ll start rehab. From what the plan is, I will be (recovered) before I get to Ohio State.”
The injury happened as the Grimes and his teammates were on the road in Las Vegas, playing the country’s top-ranked team, Bishop Gorman. The Gaels feature three Ohio State commitments, including 4-star quarterback Tate Martell and 5-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey, who missed the lsat month of the season with a broken collarbone. Grimes said his future teammates have been in contact regularly since the end of the game on Friday night and they’re helping him stay positive.
“I talked to Tate and Tyjon, we have our group chat,” he said. “They’re all worried and blowing my phone up, wishing me prayers, too. The last thing Tate told me was ‘don’t worry, we’re going to be the best trio in the country. I’m looking forward to getting this rehab done and getting up there with them at Ohio State.”
Grimes had missed two games earlier in September with a sprained ligament in his right knee, but said that fortunately things look good on that front.
“Luckily the other sprain healed and it’s fine,” Grimes, trying to maintain good spirits, said. “So I’m not on on two bad legs.”