BEAVERTON, Ore. – St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) wide receiver Trevon Grimes will a busy man this week in Oregon at Nike’s The Opening.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver, ranked as the country’s fifth-best at his position, arrived in Portland on Tuesday and has been working with the camp counselors, running routes and being recruited since the moment he landed. The one person paying more attention to Grimes than anyone else? That has to be Ohio State commitment Tate Martell, who “drafted” Grimes for his 7-on-7 team this week to make sure the two were teammates throughout the week.
5-star WR Trevon Grimes spending time with Ohio State QB commit Tate Martell. Grimes announces on Aug. 24 and Buckeyes lead UF, FSU & Miami.
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For Grimes, it’s a chance to develop a bond with Martell now that may pay off down the road if the 5-star prospect from Florida picks Ohio State on August 24 as most pundits expect him to.
“Me and him, we’re rooming right next to each other,” Grimes told Landof10. “We’ve been talking since I got to the airport. Our relationship is building. He’s a phenomenal quarterback and a phenomenal guy. I’m looking forward to working here with him at The Opening and if something happens on down the line with college or what not, then that’d be an honor too. Right now, we’re just working on The Opening.”
Grimes will visit a few schools in the next few weeks and says he is trying to get back to Ohio State for Friday Night Lights on July 22. He says that right now there’s nothing concrete on a trip to Columbus.
“I’m still planning on that. Me and my mother and father are trying to figure out if I can get up there,” he said of a potential trip this July. “I may have workouts for football, so I may not be able to make it up there. There’s nothing confirmed, but I’m trying my hardest to get back up there.”
While it’s been two years since Grimes made a trip to Ohio State, he still has the Buckeyes as his top school and it’s the relationships with the coaching staff that has kept him connected and thinking Ohio State may be the right place for him.
“My freshman year, I went up there one time,” Grimes said of his last trip to Columbus. “Ever since I went up there that first time, I honestly fell in love with it. I love the campus, and I feel like I know enough about Ohio State, I know enough people there like (former teammates at St. Thomas) Damon Arnette and Nick Bosa, I speak to enough people to know that Ohio State has a phenomenal campus, a phenomenal coaching staff. Me and Zach Smith, we talk probably every day, me and Urban (Meyer) we chop it up probably once, twice a week, just talking and seeing how life is.”
Even with no visits in over two years and no promise of one this summer, Grimes seems very content with where things stand between he and the Buckeyes.
“I feel like our connection is tighter than ever as of right now,” Grimes concluded. “I couldn’t be happier with it.”