Heel Tough Blog: Heels Crack Tony Grimes' Top Four; What Does It Mean?


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One of the biggest remaining uncommitted prospects in the country announced his final schools list on Sunday afternoon. 2021 5✮ CB Tony Grimes, the No. 7 overall player in the 247Sports Composite player rankings, released his list of the four schools that will be battling it out for his services over the next few months via his social media platforms shortly after 3:30 PM on Sunday afternoon. The four schools left standing are Carolina, Georgia, Ohio State and Texas A&M.


Mack Brown and the Tar Heels were seen as the only true lock going in and as expected they were one of the teams that will have a chance to land this prestigious, top end corner. The Tar Heels, who have picked up two crystal ball predictions in the past week and a half for Grimes, seem to be the favorite at this point, after making a ton of progress since the NCAA put in recruiting restrictions back in March amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Everyone knows that the relationship between Dré Bly and the Grimes family is strong and with the recruiting dead period earlier this week extended to the end of July, the Tar Heels are at a huge advantage right now in this race. The goal of course is to get Grimes to move up his commitment from his original commitment date of December 1st. The good news for the Tar Heels chances is that the recruiting process definitely seems to be wearing Grimes, as witnessed by his recent brief hiatus from contact with schools. It’s not out of the question that this recruitment could end sooner rather than later.


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When it comes to the other three contenders, the Tar Heels will have some work cut out to hold them off, but there are some things working in their favor. Distance has been a major talking point for most of his recruitment and with how tight knit the family is, it should come as no shock that that to be a key part of where he’ll ultimately commit. Of the other three schools, Georgia is the closest, but that is still about an eight hour drive from Virginia Beach, one that is longer than a round trip drive to Chapel Hill.


While distance might play a pretty decent role, it probably won’t be the biggest deciding factor, which is why the Bulldogs still seem like the biggest threat to Carolina at this point. Ohio State would be a considerable threat, but the Buckeyes look to only be taking on one more corner in this class and supposedly have some reservations about Grimes that have led to them prioritizing other uncommitted corners over him at this time. As for A&M, the Aggies were definitely hurt by their loss of defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist, but Grimes has loved his visits to campus. The biggest concern here has to be the distance, as College Station is easily the furthest of the four schools from Virginia Beach.


Anthony’s Long Term Outlook: As of right now, the No. 1 corner in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings is still waiting until December for his decision, but it is evident that the recruiting process has been becoming a bit taxing lately. It would be a shock if he holds off that long to make a decision and the earlier he makes his decision, the better the chance for the Tar Heels. At this moment, the Tar Heels are the pick with Georgia as the biggest threat unless Ohio State becomes more invested.


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