Tony Grimes has over 20 scholarship offers but that didn't prevent him from working out at Miami's…
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Tony Grimes, the 6-foot, 173-pound, four-star cornerback from Hollywood Hills High School in Hollywood, Fla., now has 22 scholarship offers from programs all over the country and although he says he grew up following the in-state schools, he says he's still wide open. "I don't really have any top favorites yet," Grimes said. "I can't really judge a school until I've been there. I need to get that perspective in person and get a feel for how comfortable I am on the campus and around the people." While Grimes, ranked as the No. 5 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader, he said he favors Miami, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Florida and Ole Miss. All of his favorites have offered as well as Michigan, Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Oregon, Purdue and Oklahoma State, among others. He's already attended camps at Alabama and Miami. "Miami is only 45 minutes away," Grimes said. "It's nice being at home, but I just want to play ball. I don't care about anything else. "I know a lot of people at Miami already and have a good relationship with the coaches," he said. "I like that the team is pretty young and they need corners so I'd have a chance to play as a true freshman. "It looks like coach Randy Shannon is doing a good job and the team is getting better," he said. "Florida has a great program and they've been winning a lot," Grimes said. "But I like the tradition at Florida State too. They'll be winning again." But Grimes admits he's interested to see what happens with coach Bobby Bowden. "I wouldn't want to start out at a school with a coach and have a new coach come in," he said. One coaching staff that Grimes admits he's very fond of is Alabama's. "Alabama has a great team," he said. "The camp there was really intense," Grimes said. "I like the defensive coordinator (Kirby Smart) and coach Nick Saban too. I like how they are aggressive and are the get-in-your-face-type coaches. I like that." Next week Grimes is planning on attending the Ohio State camp. "That's a big program," he said. "They really put you in a good situation for the next level. They are always winning games and going to top bowls and turning out great players." He says he's friends with the Buckeye freshman defensive back Travis Howard (from Dr. Krop High School in Miami, Fla.). "We keep in touch from time to time," he said. "But we haven't really talked too much about me going there. I'll probably ask him more questions when I'm up there." Besides the Buckeyes camp, Grimes says he's also planning unofficial visits to Oklahoma State and Purdue in July. Another school that Grimes admits he'd like to visit is Oregon. "From what I heard it's like its own country over there," he said of the Ducks. "I heard it's a great area and that it's pretty much the only thing there. It's supposed to be a great environment. "The coaches seem to like me a lot," he said. "They're showing a lot of interest." Ole Miss is another program showing Grimes a lot of interest. "They shocked the world last year," he said of the Rebels. "They are only getting better. It's a great time for that program and they are really building towards the top and said that I could be a big part of that." Grimes finished his junior season with 41 solo tackles and five interceptions. "I'm a good leader," he said. "I'm also a very physical player and probably as nasty as they come. I read the quarterback well and come off my breaks hard. "I want to keep getting better and keep learning more," Grimes said. "I want to be a total student of the game." He says he can bench 275-pounds and has a 32-inch vertical jump. "I'll try and take all five of my official visits," he said. "I won't commit until signing day. I really don't want to commit early somewhere and then have to decommit and I don't want any regrets." Grimes plans to major in business administration and reports a 2.8 core GPA and took the ACT on June 13.
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