With the departure of USC head coach, Pete Carroll to the NFL, there is no doubt that other schools will test the waters of some of their prized commits. One of them of course is four-star Xavier Grimble (6-6, 245, 4.7) from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman who is considered one of the best, it not the best tight end prospect in the country. Grimble talked with Rivals.com about his situation.
"Coach Carroll leaving hasn't completely broken my tie with USC," Grimble said. "I'm still committed to USC, but I have kind of reopened my recruitment just a little bit.
"I am looking at some other schools right now," Grimble said. "I haven't decommitted or anything, but I'm looking at UCLA, Florida, LSU, Miami, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Cal-Berkeley as well.
"I haven't decided on any visits yet," Grimble said. "But I'm thinking about taking an official visit to UCLA this weekend.
"I feel out of all those schools I think my relationship with Rick Neuheisel is really good," Grimble said. "He's (Neuheisel) always been one of my favorite guys.
"UCLA was my second offer and I think he's doing a really good job there," Grimble said. "I think UCLA is going to be an up and coming team. It's close to home and an easy trip to take as well.
"I think I am going to take this trip this weekend maybe," Grimble said. "I talked to Rick a couple of days ago. I think it was Saturday and we talked about me possibly taking a visit. I think I will firm things up in the next couple of days or so just so we can get things squared away."
What does Grimble of some of the other teams that are now in the hunt?
"Miami has always been, since I have been a kid, they have always been one of my favorites schools," Grimble said. "Miami is one of those teams that speak to the tight end, guys like Kellen Winslow and Jeremy Shockey.
"Florida has been pretty much one of the dominant teams the last couple years," Grimble said. "Coach Urban Meyer has done a great job over there.
"I have been to Oklahoma and they throw to the tight ends quite a lot, with Jermaine Gresham," Grimble said. "I have high school teammates on that team and actually there is a player that I have known since I was kid that goes there.
"With Arkansas Coach Cinkovich (former UNLV wide receivers coach Kris Cinkovich) is down there now," Grimble said. "When the new UNLV coach in, he decided let Coach Cinkovich go and so he (Cinkovich) got the job at Arkansas.
"Coach Cinkovich and I have a really good relationship," Grimble said. "He's a really good guy, a really genuine and honest guy. He's the type of guy I could put my trust in and feel comfortable with.
"LSU has also always been one of my favorite schools," Grimble said. "They were recruiting me hard. They have been here since my sophomore and junior years so they are definitely in it too."
Grimble comes from a family that puts out major D-I prospects. His younger cousin is Bishop Gorman junior defensive lineman, Jalen Grimble. The younger Grimble already has several major D-I offers, though he is only a junior.
Do the two cousins ever go up against each in practice?
"We go up against each other in practice," Grimble said. "He has gotten so big now. I was always the dominant cousin and now sometimes he gets me, just like sometimes I get him, but it is all good though because we are both high quality players and I don't think a lot of kids have had the exposure in practice that I have. I get to go against Jalen and I get better so I can block other guys pretty easily."