Five-star cornerback Tony Grimes, the No. 7 overall player in the Class of 2021, will verbally commit to the college of his choice live at 5 p.m. ET on CBS Sports HQ. The 6-foot 180-pounder from Princess Anne High School has narrowed his choices down to a final five of Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Alabama.
Grimes (Virginia Beach, VA) had 48 tackles and four interceptions as a junior last year, leading Princess Anne to an 8-3 record and playoff appearance. He also clocked a 4.20-second shuttle run and 33.8-inch vertical jump at a high school regional camp in April 2018.
Brian Dohn, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, compares Grimes to Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears and provided this scouting report on his future at the collegiate level.
“Wide shoulders and good length. Frame of safety with cornerback skills. Instinctual player with high skill level. Physical and smooth. Tracks ball well and has great timing. Opens hips and runs with ease. Long strider who can cover on long crossing routes and deep throws. Strong upper body helps re-route receivers with jams. Comfortable in backpedal and explodes forward out of it. Good tackler and asset in run defense. High IQ on and off field. Leadership qualities. Must get stronger in lower body. Ready to play at elite program when he steps on campus. First round NFL draft pick potential.”
The 247Sports Crystal Ball projects that Grimes will choose North Carolina as his ultimate destination, though Georgia is considered a legitimate contender for his services as we near the decision hour.