Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry checks in with what was lost for 5-star CB Tony Grimes during March due to the COVID-19 scare affecting our country.
Tony Grimes had plans for a big March. The nation's No. 1 cornerback prospect (per the 247Sports Composite) had the following visits lined up prior to our daily lives changing radically across America.
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- Georgia Tech
- North Carolina
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- South Carolina
- Tennessee (end of April)
- Virginia Tech
Grimes was set to really dig in and start thoroughly evaluating his decision with a sensible brick-by-brick approach. He was in no hurry with any of it.
It was just the thing to do. Even with his announced commitment date of Dec. 1, 2020, still months and months down the road.
Those were the visits planned about two weeks ago. Grimes was going to be in a Pylon 7-on-7 Tournament in Atlanta on the weekend of March 15. There was a trip planned to see Georgia and Georgia Tech on that same weekend with a few of his 7-on-7 teammates.
That Sunday trip had already been set up with the Georgia coaching staff.
That was during a big period of uncertainty. Grimes had been told earlier this month by his Hampton Roads school district in Virginia some startling news. If he left the school district for travel outside the region, he'd have to self-quarantine for 14 days before he could return to school.
Coach Glover (@dhglover) March 23, 2020
Check out the push-ups reps in that embedded tweet. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound Grimes repped out over 50 in that 51-second clip.
Tony Grimes: The thoughts there about Georgia
Team Grimes was not about offer chasing. It wasn't looking for more offers. It was drilling down on the schools they had already seen with solid offers.
"I tell people all the time to stop chasing offers from programs you don't have a scholarship with," his father Deon Glover said. "Go visit the schools that you do. Take advantage of that time. If you have a good scholarship offer with two or three schools, go visit those two or three schools two or three times apiece."
"We couldn't see anything like this happening but at least you have enough information about a school to make an informed decision."
With Georgia, they had only seen the Bulldogs one time. That was a big trip that vaulted UGA outside of his top 10 schools to landing an official visit slot after just one visit.
"Of course we want to visit Georgia more," Glover said. "We love it. We love the coaches there. We talk to them all the time. I want to visit the program more with Tony to kind of get around the team a little bit. See the camaraderie and see how it all flows with being around them."
That was important here. Even with that Dec. 1 deadline way down the road.
"We've been to enough schools to say Hey if push came to shove and we need to make a decision now we can make a decision now' and we've been to enough schools multiple times to be able to say that," Glover said. "At least with the schools we like. We've been multiple times. With the exception of Georgia."
There is a clear interest here in Kirby Smart's program.
"What's going on at Georgia is elite mimic energy that you see in Clemson and some of the other top programs," Glover said. "With the program itself. We learned a lot when we were down there the first time and of course, we were going to go back this time in March and go back again in April."
"We had an official visit set up for June 12. We had put the gas in on them there with Georgia. Trying to get as much as we can about Georgia in a short period of time. But with those other schools, we have already got enough information on them. For real."
Nobody knows if those dates can be met at this time. That seems more than likely.
This does back up the research portion of his timeline. A few schools, like Clemson, have already said that they will wait for Grimes until he's completed his decision process.
The Tigers will give him a reserved parking spot in their 2021 class until he's let them know they are no longer in it. North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and USC have said the same thing.
Would Georgia be one of those schools? Glover said the staff didn't say that.
They said something even more impactful.
"Georgia told us that he was the most important recruit in the class for them," Glover said. "Period. Overall. With me hearing that from the coach, that tells me that they are definitely in it until the end."
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