Greg Grimes, the 6-foot-2, 270 pound defensive tackle from Inderkum High School in Sacramento (Calif.), finished his junior season with 60 tackles, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
Grimes benches 325 pounds, squats 455, power cleans 285 and runs a 4.95 forty.
"I have good footwork," Grimes said. "I can get off the ball quicker than most. My intensity is another thing. When I get on that field, I know what my job is and I know how to get it done."
Grimes is still waiting for his first offer, but claims to be getting a lot of Pac-10 attention. "Washington is recruiting me the hardest right now, but my top school is USC, then California, then UCLA.
"If USC offered, I'd probably commit," he said. "They've been recruiting me pretty hard too. Coach (Rocky) Seto came up to my school to see me last month. He told me that they liked what they saw and that he'd be talking to me in May.
"I went to their camp last summer and really was impressed. I really like the tempo of the SC defense. They are very fast and hard-hitting. The campus was really impressive too. They have a great business school too and that's what I want to major in.
"It's between USC and Cal," Grimes said. "If Cal offered, I'd really have to think about it. I get letters from them every other week. It's a great school and it's close to home and they are a strong, talented team that just keeps getting better every year."
Grimes plans on tripping up to Oregon State and Washington this weekend (April 14-15) with his father (Gary Grimes Sr.). "My dad went to Washington, so I want to go check it out. They are recruiting me the hardest right now and are a definite possibility for me.
"I really like Coach (Tyrone) Willingham. He's a great coach. He has put together a team that feels more like a family -- like compadres. I have a couple of friends that go there too and really like it a lot. I'll have a better feel after this weekend."
Grimes admitted that he's looking to stay in California and play in the Pac-10. "I'm a Pac-10 kind-of-guy. I want to play in the Pac-10 for sure. Academics, a good team and location are also important to me. I'd like to stay in California, but that's not the most important thing--playing in the Pac-10 is.
"It's definitely between USC and Cal right now," Grimes said. "I'll know more in May or when I get an offer."
Grimes reports a 3.27 core GPA and is set to take his first-time SAT in late April.