When Tony Grimes made his way to Ann Arbor last summer he was in immediate awe of the spectacle that is Big House. If the storied stadium had had that much of an impact on him when it was empty, what would he think when it was packed to the rim with fans? Fast forward six months to last weekend's match-up between Michigan and Ohio State with nearly 111,000 observers in attendance, and the Sunshine State star provided the answer.
"Man, aint no experience like that," Grimes said emphatically. "That was the most people I ever seen in one spot."
"We saw the game, we met the coaches again, and we had a couple of meetings interacting with the players -- several who were on their official visits." he continued. "It was a good visit."
How good, you ask?
"They're still on top for me," said Grimes of the Wolverines. "This is my second time to Michigan and you don't come back twice for no reason."
Prior to the return trip the Michigan coaching staff had made a habit of letting the Hollywood Hills star know about significant playing opportunity available for him in Ann Arbor. With him in their direct presence, they didn't waste their chance to further emphasize that point.
"I already knew they're looking for players that come in and play early and make an impact," the four-star corner stated. "They were saying again that they believe that me and Clarence both can be some of those guys."
Future Wolverine Ricardo Miller did his part to pick up where the coaches left off, but he didn't have to work very hard to bolster Grimes' opinion of the Maize & Blue.
"Hearing it from another recruit sounds good, but I already got my own perspective on how everything work and how everything go," he state. "Like I said, Michigan is still on top for me."
That leaves Grimes' other suitors in an uphill battle to chase his longtime leader. If they are going to gain ground, they will have to do it with official visits. Fortunately for them there is still time to close the gap.
"I'm still going to wait until signing day," Grimes said regarding his decision timetable. "Me and (Clarence) Murphy probably going to take a trip to Oregon. That's probably going to be our next trip, Oregon."
Ole Miss and West Virginia remain possibilities also, but at this point no firm visit dates have been set. The only football dates he knows at this point are signing day and the dates of the All Star Games he will be participating in the coming weeks.
"I'm playing in the one in Hawaii (the Aloha Prep Bowl on December 12th) and I'm playing in the Offense Defense All-American Bowl (January 2nd)."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Grimes in the coming months.