Quietly but consistently, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt continues to produce major college football prospects and the latest product is 2011 safety prospect Zeph Grimes. After a season in which Grimes piled up 80 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and two interceptions, he has begun to pick up a handful of offers, including two this week.
The offers began with Michigan State, then Illinois, then Colorado. This week Arkansas and Tulsa added their names into the hat. Arkansas in particular has a draw for Grimes.
"I'm interested in Arkansas," he said. "Most of the team that have offered me I'm interested in but it's about the SEC. I feel confident in the SEC."
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Grimes is also getting significant attention from Georgia Tech and though he hasn't yet, he had hoped to go to a few junior days by now.
"I meant to go to Georgia and Georgia Tech but the weather was really bad that day and then South Carolina I couldn't make because I had to work," he said. "I think Tennessee has a junior day this weekend so I'm gong to try to make that one."
One visit that Grimes has set up is an early March visit to Illinois.
"I know it's going to be cold up there but you have to play in the whether anyway," he said of Illinois. "I talked to the coaches and they've got a good school, more than just football the academics are good and all that."
Grimes has a complete package at safety with size, physicality and speed as 100-meter sprinter on the track team. However, it is something less tangible that he feels has attracted college coaches.
"I think I'm getting the interest because I play with a reason," he said. "I love the game of football and I go hard every play and finish every play. I never give up on a play."