Moments ago, Ohio State added another key piece to their highly-ranked recruiting class, bringing another talented prospect in to Urban Meyer’s program. What will their latest verbal bring to Columbus on, and off, the field?
Ohio State added two huge commitments on Monday when their top two wide receiver targets in the 2017 class, Florida’s Trevon Grimes and California’s Tyjon Lindsey, committed to the Buckeyes.
What are they getting from these big new additions? We’ve examined the impact of Tyjon Lindsey, so let’s turn to Trevon Grimes, the country’s third-ranked 2017 wide receiver.
As a football player
If you had the ability to build a wide receiver in a lab, there’s a pretty good chance that he’d come out of if looking similar to Trevon Grimes.
A 6-foot-4, 205-pound “freak” at wideout, Grimes isn’t just a superb athlete. He is without question one of the country’s most complete wideouts and most explosive athletes. Grimes is a high-level sprinter and his 36.84 time in the 300 meter hurdles during his junior season at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) was good for fourth in the nation in his age group.
“When you see Trevon, you almost can’t believe he’s in high school,” one source at St. Thomas Aquinas told Landof10. “He’s just not put together like most kids you see. There’s something different about him and he’s barely scratched the surface of what he’s capable of as a football player. That’s what makes him so exciting.”
The country’s third-ranked wide receiver, Grimes runs a sub-4.5 in the 40-yard-dash and unlike most high school wide receivers, understands much of football’s nuance rather than always just relying on his athleticism to win.
“I’ve watched him for three years,” the source continued. “He’s smart. He knows how to set up a defensive back and how to take advantage of a play when he’s got an edge.”
If there’s one area on the field that he needs to improve, according to the source, it’s not letting his emotions get the best of him.
“Everyone saw the stuff that happened at The Opening,” the source said, speaking of Grimes losing his cool and almost getting into a physical altercation during Nike’s big summer camp in early July. “He wants so badly to be the best, to be great all the time. When he gets taken out of the offense a bit he gets frustrated and he needs to learn to control himself; not allow himself to get so disappointed and instead find other ways to make an impact.”
His role in the 2017 recruiting class
With the addition of Lindsey and Grimes, Ohio State’s top-ranked recruiting class has increased its lead over Alabama and puts the Buckeyes in a great position to hold on to that lead through signing day.
Grimes, a composite 5-star prospect ranked as the country’s 15th-best overall player in 2017, joins offensive tackle Josh Myers (No. 9), offensive guard Wyatt Davis (No. 17), cornerback Shaun Wade (No. 18) and defensive end Chase Young (No. 31) as 5-stars committed to Ohio State; no other school has more than two committed at this time.
Ohio State has once again found success at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the country’s top-ranked 2016 high school football team, as they’ve done over much of the last decade. Grimes will join Nick Bosa and Damon Arnette as former Raiders on the current Buckeyes roster. The second wide receiver in the Buckeyes class, Grimes and Lindsey give Urban Meyer, Zach Smith and director of player personnel Mark Pantoni a lot of freedom and flexibility as they consider whether or not to take another wideout in 2017, namely a player like Cleveland Heights’ 4-star Jaylen Harris, who has Ohio State in his final five schools.
The off-the-field, intangible-type stuff
If you’re concerned that Grimes’ struggling to control his emotions when things don’t go perfectly is a sign of him being a bad teammate or immature, stop worrying.
“The thing is, the kids on his team love him and so do the guys that he’s met around the country,” the South Florida source continued. “He doesn’t coast because he’s talented, he knows he has to put in work and embraces the work. He’s not that ‘grinder’ you see other guys being but he’s more than capable of leading his team because they know how much he wants to be great, to win no matter what.”
That’s who Grimes is. He’s a competitor, whether it’s football or track or anything else, and that’s why he’s a player that the Buckeyes have coveted for years. He’s a family-first guy who is loyal to his teammates and friends and hasn’t ever backed down from a challenge on the field or off of it.
“Trevon is a kid that you want in your football program,” the source added. “He isn’t a finished product yet by any means, but you can’t imagine a much better starting point for a college wideout. He’s got a great family and has had a great support system around him. He knows what it takes to take the next step.”