Jameer Grimsley has all the intangibles to play college football at the Power Five level: size, speed, athleticism, position flexibility and smarts.
Despite not receiving that first ‘big’ offer, Grimsley kept believing and more importantly kept working.
On Tuesday, the day he had been waiting for finally happened as he got the special news from Terry Smith and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
“Getting that offer yesterday meant a lot to me,” Grimsley tells Nittany Sports Now. “I knew that Penn State is a good academic school and that’s important because I take academics very seriously as I currently have a 4.3 GPA.”
“The offer was special because Coach Smith was very genuine when offering me and seemed like he really cared. The moment meant a lot because it showed me that I was finally being seen by someone, especially such a prestigious school like Penn State. I’m very, very appreciative.”
Wow!!! After a Great Conversation with @CoachTerryPSU, I’m blessed to receive my first Power 5 offer from Penn State University! #AGTG @TC_Football @JerisMcIntyre @PennStateFball @RWrightRivals pic.twitter.com/eX6NOqvLls
— Jameer Grimsley (@iam_jamroc__) January 17, 2023
“Getting the offer yesterday was though a bit of a surprise to me. They had been following me and had come out to see me in person before and seemed interested but when he told me, I was a bit surprised.”
Grimsley is 6-foot-3, 185-pounds and plays both wide receiver and defensive back at Tampa Catholic. During his conversation with Grimsley, Smith pointed out the things that stood out to him and the Nittany Lions staff that sold them on extending him an offer.
“What stood out to him is my size, my length and my speed for that position. He really liked the athleticism that I showed on tape. I play both sides of the ball, but for a cornerback, he really liked my height and the fact that I would be able to guard bigger receivers in their conference.”
“As far as my future position, I’m leaning towards playing defense, but it would probably be dependent on the school and where they’d want me to play. Coach Smith offered me as an athlete, so we’ll see. I like playing defense but it’s all up to the school.”
In all likelihood, this offer from Penn State will no doubt open the floodgates for other Power Five schools to pull the trigger with an offer. Grimsley is welcoming that but plans on keeping the same mindset as he had prior to his conversation yesterday with Penn State.
“My mindset is going to be keep working and keep learning,” said Grimsley. “This isn’t over, this is just the beginning for me. I’m optimistic about my future and feel like this offer is just the beginning for me.”
“I believe this offer will allow other schools to notice me. I’m just going to keep putting the work in and make sure that I say straight and get done everything I have to both on and off the field.”
Grimsley tells NSN that while he doesn’t have anything arranged, he would like to make a spring visit to Penn State.
— Jameer Grimsley (@iam_jamroc__) November 18, 2022