Three-star defensive lineman Greg Grimes (6-1, 285, 4.91) from Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum has had an outstanding off-season as he gears up for his senior season. He has been very busy improving skills at camps this spring and summer. He has impressed onlookers at every stop.
Grimes burst onto the scene with a superb NIKE Camp performance at Palo Alto in May. He walked away the defensive line MVP Award.
Proving that his performance at NIKE wasn't a fluke, Grimes followed up his NIKE Camp performance with another stellar stint at Cal's Camp and once again he walked away the defensive line MVP at the Cal Camp.
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That was more of a repeat performance for Grimes as he earned Cal's defensive line MVP in 2006 as well.
"Earning MVP status with such a dynamic program as California makes me more confident than ever," Grimes said. "As for the so-called 'prototypes,' I think they can be overrated.
"At 6-foot-1 and 285-pounds, I'm convinced of my incredible pad level advantage," Grimes said. "With all the national and regional camps and combines I've participate in, I am still undefeated in about 100 one-on-one competitions.
Shortly after his outstanding NIKE Camp performance, San Diego State jumped ahead of the recruiting curve with an official offer to Grimes.
"My first offer from San Diego State made me feel good," Grimes said. "A lot of times prototype players earn scholarships first no matter what their skill level is, but San Diego State offered me because of my talent level."
Since the NIKE Camp Grimes has been contacted by Cal, Oregon State, Washington and Air Force.
"One of the reasons that motivated me to attend Cal's camp is they contacted me," Grimes said. " Also with me being 6-foot-1, I have to do more to get what I want than a 6-foot-5 prototype."
As a junior, Grimes earned League Lineman of the Year as a two-way standout in 2006. He also earned all-metro, all-city and all-state honors.
On the defensive side of the ball, Grimes accounted for 61 tackles, nine quarterback knockdowns and five sacks.
You have to remember that Grimes didn't play as much on the defensive side of ball because his team needs him to anchor the offensive line. When you take that into account his defensive stats even more impressive.
Grimes has excellent bloodlines as his father, Greg Grimes, Sr., was standout for the Washington Huskies back in the mid to late 70's.