Caleb Grimes lands Air Force offer
by John Harvey, recruit804
On the field, Caleb Grimes is has the instincts to feel when the hole is about to open up or cut back against the grain to find daylight for a big play. In the classroom, the Benedictine junior running back has the same razor sharp focus as he prepares to pursue a future college degree in physical therapy or political science.
Grimes moved one step closer towards that goal Saturday when he received an offer from the Air Force Academy.
“It’s always great to receive an offer, but it’s rare to receive one from one of the military academies,” Grimes said. “All of the offers are great from each university because they believe in me as a student athlete.”
Saturday’s offer makes the fourth Grimes has received this spring. He picked up his first offer from Bowling Green University on Feb. 27. Four days later, the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy extended an offer to play football for them.
Offers to Army, Navy and now Air Force hold a special place for this Benedictine student.
“The military academies are very important to me,” Grimes said. “It provides me an opportunity for a successful life after college and (the opportunity) to have a job right out of college.”
Grimes turned in a sensational junior campaign last season for the Cadets. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as Benedictine reached the VISAA Division I state championship game against Collegiate. The 22-14 loss is something that has motivated Grimes this offseason.
“Last season went very well for me, however we came up short in the state championship,” Grimes said. “My team and I are working hard to get back to the state championship game.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back was a first-team all-state selection and was named to the All-Underclassman team as an offensive player. He was also an honorable mention, all-Metro selection for the Richmond area.
Those accolades and his unique skill set have been attractive to college coaches looking for a marquee running back.
“Coaches are saying my speed and explosiveness is going to translate at the next level and that I can become an instant impact on their program,” Grimes said. “I’ve also been told I can move out to the slot in some formations and create something in open space.”
That kind of versatility can be beneficial at the next level.
“I feel that my speed makes me an effective runner in the open field, but I’m a very powerfully runner between the tackles as well,” Grimes sad. “I try to model my game after T.J. Logan from North Carolina because he’s powerful when it’s needed and he was one of the most explosive running backs in college football in my opinion.”
Grimes hopes to add his name to that list this summer. He’s also had interest from schools like James Madison University, William and Mary, Columbia, Temple, Princeton and Wake Forest.
The Benedictine product will stay busy this summer as he plans to attend camps at JMU and Wake Forest. He also hopes to visit Navy, Columbia, Princeton and East Carolina.
– John Harvey