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Hurry: Tony Grimes commits to North Carolina, Buckeye agrees to work hard to land another, Kyle McCord Elite 11 Update

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Grimes chooses UNC

Five-star cornerback Tony Grimes, the country’s No. 1 player in the 2021 class in this position, formalized it – Princess Anne (Virginia) star signed up for North Carolina, said it announced Tuesday.

For head coach Mack Brown, cornerback coach Dre Bly and the Tar Heels, it’s about as huge as possible in this class. In the modern recruiting era, which dates back to 1999, Grimes is the third five-star composite prospect ever established in North Carolina, ranked by 247 Sports, and is the third highest-ranked recruit the Heels have received in same time. scale.

T-1: Marcus Hands (# 4 overall; # 1 defensive side strong side in 2004)

T-1: Marvin Austin (No. 4 overall; No. 1 defensive tackle in 2007)

3: Grimes (n ° 7 in total; cornerback n ° 1 in 2021)

4: Donte Moss (# 26 overall; # 2 defensive on the defensive side in 2009)

* Hands is the only player who was not a five-star composite on this list

With Grimes’ commitment, North Carolina overtook Tennessee for No. 3 spot in the 247Sports team standings, as the Heels now have a total of 259.73 points with 17 commits. Grimes is just the second out-of-state engagement in the heel class.

For Ohio State, landing Grimes was always going to be a difficult task, but with Kerry Coombs at the head of the charge, there was still one shot that the Buckeyes could pull from the east coast. But that was still going to require a new visit to Columbus from Grimes and his family, as they hadn’t returned for a visit since April 2019.

“This is our goal. Tony wants to go back there again, “said Grimes’ father Deon Glover. Eleven warriors in the first week of June, after Grimes had reduced his list to the last four. “We try to visit the programs three or more times. In light of everything that is going on in the country, we have to take this into consideration and think, OK, maybe the next time we go, we will just have to try to cram everything into what we need to know when this visit. ”

However, after having set a commitment date for December 1 for a long time, Grimes announced on June 21 that he was putting his engagement on the fast track, having a change of heart in mid-summer, and he set the date as of June 30. Ohio State needed a lot more time with Grimes, so once that decision date was set, it unofficially sealed the fate of the Buckeyes as away.

Aside from Ryan Day, Coombs and Al Washington were the two coaches leading this recruiting. Grimes said Rivals‘Adam Friedman this week that Coombs is “really the only person I talk to and coach Washington a little” from Ohio State and that “if I go to this school, it’s because of him.”

June was not a successful month in recruiting for Ohio State, and while it was very unlikely that Grimes would end up with the Buckeyes, it adds to the growing list of main targets who have engaged elsewhere this month:

Latham and Wolfe are the only two on this list to incur substantial losses, Smith’s loss also being painful, although the Buckeyes should be able to recover a little more easily.

Now the Buckeyes are targeting the top two remaining hopefuls on their defensive back plateau – safety Derrick Davis Jr. and cornerback Clemson hire Jordan Hancock – in addition to other players we may see appearing in the coming weeks.

Back on track again

After being the hottest team on the national recruiting track in the spring – having obtained eight 2021 entries and three 2022 entries from March to May – the Buckeyes have cooled a bit and lost some momentum. At one point, it seemed that this momentum would never be lost and that the State of Ohio was going to be able to get everything it wanted.

However, this is far from panic, obviously. The Buckeyes still have the # 1 recruiting class in the country, and although the largest class of all time looks more like a long-shot than reality at this point (although it is still possible), they are still the favorites for their the three highest remaining uncommitted goals in the 2021 class.

And they have a group of commits in this class who are hungry to add another – with the cream of the crop the ones that are set to zero.

“I think we’re going to land JT (Tuimoloau), Emeka (Egbuka); all these big targets that everyone is always talking about. Derrick Davis, “Henderson told Eleven Warriors this week.

There has always been a strong optimism on the part of the Buckeyes of the increase in senior engagements that they will be able to win other players who have the same vision. Once a player enters the class, they instantly begin their own recruitment to find someone who matches Ohio State.

“It’s hard to explain, but it’s mostly elite, not average,” said Henderson when asked what the coaching staff expect from his players. “It’s basically the message. The state of Ohio wants elites who want to be great. They don’t want an average. They want people who want to be great and who want to be leaders and who want to show the way to others. ”

McCord has trouble getting out of the door

Five-star Ohio State entrant Kyle McCord is one of the 20 quarters who competes in the Elite 11 final this week in Nashville.

If McCord is to join Justin Fields (2017) and CJ Stroud (2020) as Buckeye quarters who recently won MVP honors in competition, he will have to bounce back from his difficulties from day one.

McCord would have been a little inconsistent on Monday night when the three-day competition opened. In the performance ranking for each quarterback on day one, Rivals ranked McCord at # 11, and Sports Illustrated ranked McCord at # 13.


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