Hezekiah Grimsley made his mark on Williamsburg (VA) Lafayette High School’s varsity football squad last season as a junior, when he scored 18 touchdowns (13 receiving, three kick-off returns, two interception returns) while helping the Rams to an undefeated regular season. A 4A first-team all-state selection at wide receiver, Grimsley hauled in 38 receptions for 1,064 yards. He was also a first-team all-4A East selection at wide receiver and kick returner and a second-team all-4A East selection at defensive back, where he tallied seven interceptions in total in 2015.
“He’s the guy we put on the other team’s best receiver,” Lafayette head coach Andy Linn said of Grimsley in this article by the Daily Press. “He’s naturally fluid and can turn his hips and run. At 6-1, with good jumping ability, he’s hard to go over but has the athletic ability to stay under a receiver.”
Major FBS coaches, including Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente, noticed the 6’1”, 170-pound prospect’s talents. Virginia Tech is one of five schools that have offered Grimsley, who added an offer from Old Dominion last night. Iowa State, Marshall and Syracuse have offered as well.
“[Virginia Tech] came into the picture when they came to visit our quarterback, Cheyton Pine,” said Grimsley, primarily a junior varsity player as a sophomore. “They got to see me a lot on his film. They liked it, but I didn’t expect an offer. One day, one of the coaches contacted me on Twitter. They told me to call. About a week later, they offered.”
Fuente is recruiting the multitalented Grimsley as a wide receiver but likes his ability in another area as well.
“He says I remind him of one of his punt returners he had before. He also said I’d be a great fit for their offense,” Grimsley said.
The interest is mutual. In fact, at this stage of his recruitment he says he would “probably call Virginia Tech my favorite” because “it was one of the first schools heard about when I was a kid.”
Grimsley, who moved from Florida to Virginia five years ago, has yet to visit Virginia Tech but plans...
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