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Written by Nick de la Torre, January 31, 2016, 2 Comments,
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The Florida Gators may be playing catch up when it comes to 2017 wide receiver Trevon Grimes (6-3, 195, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Tomas Aquinas) but Saturday went a long way in Grimes’ recruitment.

“They definitely just made the atmosphere comfortable for me. They made me feel like I fit in here,” Grimes said. “One of my biggest things is me feeling welcomed at a school, so I definitely felt welcomed today and felt like I could pursue the school a lot more.”

The South Florida native has been favoring the Ohio State Buckeyes for some time now. Ohio State was one of the first teams to offer the talented receiver a scholarship and have been is leader for some time. Although Grimes attends St. Thomas and calls South Florida home now, he isn’t a Florida native. Grimes was born in Indiana and has ties to Big Ten country. Grimes only moved to South Florida to help aid his development as a football player. The fact that Ohio State has recruited him hard since he was a freshman and his family ties in Indiana have the Buckeyes leading his recruitment.

“I love everything about Ohio State right now. Their (receivers) coach Zach Smith, me and him just have built a bond since my freshman year,” he said. “I’m all about chemistry and bonding. I feel like me and him have our closest bond. Coach Urban Meyer, me and him have a close bond, too. I feel welcomed at Ohio State.”

Meyer and the Buckeyes may have a leg up right now, but Florida isn’t alone in recruiting Grimes. 2017 Florida quarterback commit Jake Allen is Grimes’ quarterback at St. Thomas and Allen has taken it upon himself to help recruit players in his class, especially is go-to receiver at Aquinas.

“He’s in my head every day. I have class with him and every day he talks about Florida to me,” Grimes said. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t. He’s just doing a little recruiting, and honestly, it’s helped me out a lot.”

Allen will help Florida but he won’t be Grimes determining factor. The bulk of the work must be done by Florida’s staff, who, by no fault of their own, is still behind in the 2017 recruiting class due to the fact that they’re only entering their second season at Florida. Kerry Dixon is focusing in on finishing the 2016 recruiting class strong, but he took time this weekend to sit down with Grimes and try to build a stronger relationship. Grimes says his strongest relationship is with Dixon but Jim McElwain is personally getting involved in this recruitment.

“I actually got to sit and talk with [McElwain]. He talked to my mom and my dad, too,” Grimes said. “He just told me where this program is going and what he plans on with me if I come. I definitely feel like me and him are going to build a strong relationship and get closer over the years.”

With his quarterback by his side and the Florida Gators coaching staff rolling out the red carpet, Grimes has moved Florida up in his recruitment. Florida hasn’t quite jumped Ohio State but they have a full year to do so as Grimes doesn’t plan on committing any time soon.

“I would put them there at No. 2. Ohio State has a pretty decent lead. They’ve been since I was nothing, but I definitely feel like Florida closed that gap a lot,” he said. “I came up and honestly can’t say anything bad about it. I love it and I want to get back up here soon.”

Nick de la Torre

About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. spike718January 31, 2016, 12:13 pm

    Well, that was at least a positive trip. You never know what happens.

  2. gr8_2bJanuary 31, 2016, 12:54 pm

    Wow, jumped up to his number 2 choice after a day at UF. Nice! Still a whole year to be recruited by Mac and the on the field results next season should help a ton. Man I’m glad Mac is our coach!! Go Gators

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The Florida Gators may be playing catch up when it comes to 2017 wide receiver Trevon Grimes (6-3, 195, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Tomas Aquinas) but Saturday went a long way in Grimes’ recruitment.

“They definitely just made the atmosphere comfortable for me. They made me feel like I fit in here,” Grimes said. “One of my biggest things is me feeling welcomed at a school, so I definitely felt welcomed today and felt like I could pursue the school a lot more.”

The South Florida native has been favoring the Ohio State Buckeyes for some time now. Ohio State was one of the first teams to offer the talented receiver a scholarship and have been is leader for some time. Although Grimes attends St. Thomas and calls South Florida home now, he isn’t a Florida native. Grimes was born in Indiana and has ties to Big Ten country. Grimes only moved to South Florida to help aid his development as a football player. The fact that Ohio State has recruited him hard since he was a freshman and his family ties in Indiana have the Buckeyes leading his recruitment.

“I love everything about Ohio State right now. Their (receivers) coach Zach Smith, me and him just have built a bond since my freshman year,” he said. “I’m all about chemistry and bonding. I feel like me and him have our closest bond. Coach Urban Meyer, me and him have a close bond, too. I feel welcomed at Ohio State.”

Meyer and the Buckeyes may have a leg up right now, but Florida isn’t alone in recruiting Grimes. 2017 Florida quarterback commit Jake Allen is Grimes’ quarterback at St. Thomas and Allen has taken it upon himself to help recruit players in his class, especially is go-to receiver at Aquinas.

“He’s in my head every day. I have class with him and every day he talks about Florida to me,” Grimes said. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t. He’s just doing a little recruiting, and honestly, it’s helped me out a lot.”

Allen will help Florida but he won’t be Grimes determining factor. The bulk of the work must be done by Florida’s staff, who, by no fault of their own, is still behind in the 2017 recruiting class due to the fact that they’re only entering their second season at Florida. Kerry Dixon is focusing in on finishing the 2016 recruiting class strong, but he took time this weekend to sit down with Grimes and try to build a stronger relationship. Grimes says his strongest relationship is with Dixon but Jim McElwain is personally getting involved in this recruitment.

“I actually got to sit and talk with [McElwain]. He talked to my mom and my dad, too,” Grimes said. “He just told me where this program is going and what he plans on with me if I come. I definitely feel like me and him are going to build a strong relationship and get closer over the years.”

With his quarterback by his side and the Florida Gators coaching staff rolling out the red carpet, Grimes has moved Florida up in his recruitment. Florida hasn’t quite jumped Ohio State but they have a full year to do so as Grimes doesn’t plan on committing any time soon.

“I would put them there at No. 2. Ohio State has a pretty decent lead. They’ve been since I was nothing, but I definitely feel like Florida closed that gap a lot,” he said. “I came up and honestly can’t say anything bad about it. I love it and I want to get back up here soon.”

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