The Hurry Up: No. 1 2021 Cornerback Tony Grimes Reflects on Ohio State Offer, Relationship with Al Washington

By Taylor Lehman on March 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.

Tony Grimes: Ohio State Offer Means "A Lot"

Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington had been recruiting 2021’s No. 1 cornerback Tony Grimes for Michigan when he was with the Wolverines. Once Washington made the move to Ohio State, though, he carried his relationship with Grimes to Columbus with him.

Grimes had visited Michigan in November and has grown close to Washington as more than just a recruiter, he said.

“I love the guy,” Grimes said. “He’s just a really good guy. He can help build me into a better man. And he told me that it doesn’t matter where I go, just to stay in touch with him.”

Now, Washington is at Ohio State, and he began recruitment of Grimes from Columbus as well. It wasn’t until Friday that the Buckeyes extended an offer to the No. 12 2021 player though.

“It really meant a lot,” Grimes said. “Ohio State is the school where NFL guys go. They send a lot of DBs into the League. They get kids from our area too. It was an honor when I got that offer.”

Ohio State sophomore linebacker Teradja Mitchell is from Grimes’ hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the two have talked about what Mitchell likes about Ohio State and how Grimes views the Buckeyes within his recruitment.

Grimes has visited Penn State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Clemson, South Carolina and Florida, and he said that he plans to visit Ohio State soon, though he doesn’t have a date chosen yet.

Grimes doesn’t have a specified list of schools he’s considering, but he does have a list he keeps to himself outside of his initial top-15 that he released in February that contains the teams he’s developed some type of relationship with or that he takes most seriously. Ohio State is on that list, he said, as well as Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, which are both on his 247Sports crystal ball projections.

He said he watches professional cornerbacks in the NFL, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey, the Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson and the New Orleans Saints’ Marshon Lattimore, who attended Ohio State. What many coaches like about his game is his ability to cover in man-to-man coverage, disguise schemes and tackle from the outside.

“I want to go somewhere where I can play early,” Grimes said. “I’m going to work hard so that they won’t have a choice but to play me as a freshman.”

Maliq Carr's Top-Five Excludes Ohio State

Michigan three-star wide receiver Maliq Carr announced his top-five via Twitter, and Ohio State was not included. The Buckeyes weren’t putting a lot of stock in the No. 112 wideout, but they did extend him an offer in October.

Carr narrowed his list to Purdue, Michigan, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and LSU.

Reid Carrico Sets Spring Schedule

Ironton, Ohio, 2021 linebacker Reid Carrico announced his spring visit schedule Monday on Twitter. He just finished his second visit to Marshall and has visits scheduled for Michigan State, Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. His visit to Ohio State is scheduled between Nebraska and Wisconsin on April 3.

Here is a video of Carrico dunking in eighth grade.

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