The Texas A&M football program received a huge boost at the corner position this Thursday as UNC DB transfer Tony Grimes committed to the Aggies via his twitter.
Grimes measures 6 feet tall and 195 pounds. He has been a starter since his first year on the Tar Heel defense, and has seen some ups and downs. Aggie fans may recall Grimes for two reasons: first, he almost signed with Texas A&M out of his high school in Virginia Beach, but ended up attending UNC after reclassifying. Second, Grimes had a stellar game against the Aggies in the 2020 Orange Bowl, when he was a true freshman.
The years have been leaner for the Tar Heel defense since that 2020 season, however, and Grimes has been in and out of the lineup with injury. 247Sports declared him to have first round potential and compared him to Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears coming out of high school; and while draft buzz wasn’t huge around him this year, Grimes still has the ability to play his way into a high-round NFL draft pick with a big year for the Aggies.
Grimes excels in man-to-man coverage, and can step right into the corner spot opposite Tyreek Chappell next year for the Texas A&M football team. This is a huge boon to what has been a DB room that has seen lots of departures to both the draft and the portal. Grimes’s presence will give future studs like Bravion Rogers and Jayvon Thomas time to develop without having to be day-one starters. Rogers and Thomas are doubtless to talented to keep off the field altogether, but having a more controlled environment in which to do so and having the veteran leadership ahead of them can be nothing but a positive for the incoming young guns.
The Aggies will be looking to further bolster positions of need such as DB, WR, and LB through the portal, but Grimes was the first piece of the puzzle—and one of the biggest, without a doubt—to be put in place for Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M football program this offseason.