February 9, 2009
2010 TE's Interest Gaining Steam
Every year Oklahoma University students end up taking trips to Las Vegas just like students from every other college around the country. However, unlike just about any other school, high school students from the city of sin keep finding their way to Norman, Okla., particularly when those students hail from Bishop Gorman high school.
The Sooners already have Demarco Murray, and Ryan Reynolds currently on the roster and the ink has just dried on Justin Chaisson's letter of intent to Oklahoma. However, they've wasted little time getting right back into the Gorman pipeline.
The object of their most recent attention is Gaels tight end Xavier Grimble.
Apparently Chaisson had his hand in the recruitment of the 6-foot-5, 250-pound pass-catcher.
"He called me and was telling me that coach [Bob] Stoop was going to be in town and Kevin Wilson was going to be in town as well," Grimble explained. "They wanted to size me up I guess."
Apparently when Grimble got word that Wilson, Oklahoma's tight ends coach and offensive coordinator, wanted to talk to him the Sooners wasted little time in getting their intentions across.
"Coach Wilson just told me that I looked real good on film and that when they came to one of my basketball shoot-arounds I looked bigger than Jermaine (Gresham) was when he was in high school," he said. "They wanted to offer me is what they told me.
"I was waiting on that offer for a long time."
Grimble, who has also received word of potential offers from Florida, Washington, and California along with his current offers from Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, and Duke says that all of the attention has come as quite a surprise to him.
"It's real surprising to me that I'm a guy getting the attention the guys before me did," he said. "My sophomore year I was almost on the junior varsity and since then I've put a lot of work in.
"I've just learned to do the work that I need to. I ended up starting like five games that season."
In spite of all of this early attention Grimble says his decision will be a patient one compared to that of his friend, and teammate, Chaisson.
"I'm still going to wait and weigh my options and see where things stand," he said. "I think I'm going to wait, I won't commit as early as Justin did. I'm going to wait and see what kind of options I have and then sit down with my parents and talk things out."
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