Grimes says Florida Gators offer means a lot to him

Over the last few weeks, the Florida Gators have handed out several offers to underclassmen prospects all around the country.

Last week, the Gators offered 2021 defensive back Tony Grimes (6-0, 180, Virginia Beach, VA. Princess Anne) who heard the news from his coach.

“Coach Torrian Gray offered me,” Grimes said on which coach from Florida offered him last week. “Coach Gray called my coach and said that ‘I have a chance to play at their program and therefor they would love to offer me.’”

Grimes has over 20 offers already but this was a big offer to the defensive back as he grew up close to Gainesville.

“This offer means a lot to me, especially since I’m from Jacksonville, Florida,” he said on what the offer means to him. “I always wanted a Gators offer and I was surprised big time. Honestly I thought it was a joke but it wasn’t. I’m truly blessed to receive an offer from the Gators and I can’t wait to get down there.”

When defensive backs coach Torrian Gray spoke with Grimes’ coach, he had a message for the 2021 defensive back.

“Coach Gray told my coach I would be a great fit for the Gators DBU,” Grimes said on what Gray told him. “Coach Gray says I can change the world and be the next big thing coming out of the Gator Swamp.”

Grimes is no stranger to the Gators program as he knows a good bit about Florida since he grew up in Jacksonville.

“Florida is big time SEC ball,” he said on what he knows about Florida. “They produce some of the best defensive backs in the league. I know Percy Harvin went there and he’s a hometown legend who went to Landstown High School. They just hired Torrian Gray who is a phenomenal defensive back coach with tons of experience, he played and coached on every level.”

Now that Gators have offered Grimes, the Virginia native wants to get down to Gainesville and see things for himself.

“My interest level is good, I’m most definitely planning on visiting,” Grimes said of Florida.


INSIDERS TAKE: Grimes says all of the schools who have offered him are recruiting him hard and he says Ohio State is also starting to recruit him hard.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.