Practice Report: Hokies begin 2013 season

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Practice was open to the media for about an hour on Monday, so we were able to come away with some observations about specific players and coaches.

Jeff Grimes: The Great Communicator

With all due respect to Ronald Reagan, I think this nickname might be better applied to Jeff Grimes.  I’ve been impressed with his ability to communicate from the very first time I interviewed him.

I’m not the best interviewer in the world.  I was never trained to do it, and in general I’m better at answering questions than asking them.  I don’t phrase things particularly well sometimes…I guess I’m the anti-Jeff Grimes.  Despite all that, Grimes always understands exactly what I’m talking about, and answers the question perfectly.  I said similar things about Grimes in this article back in January.

Obviously the Hokies have recruited the north well this year, particularly with offensive linemen.  I asked Grimes yesterday afternoon if he was making a point to recruit offensive linemen in the north.

“What I really tried to do this spring is locate the guys who are within a reasonable drive.  If you get much beyond a five, six, eight, nine hour drive…that’s a bit of a stretch when a lot of other good schools are probably closer.  But anybody who is within a reasonable day’s drive, if he’s good enough to play for us, I’m going to evaluate those guys and try to recruit them.  Recruiting New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, all the states that are fairly close to us, it makes a lot of sense.  I’m going to try to recruit the best guys I can wherever they are.”

Jeff Grimes

There ya go…his answer makes complete sense, and in one paragraph you understand his philosophy of offensive line recruiting.