February 3, 2010

Grimes chooses Rebels

With both starters having used up their eligibility after the 2009 season, Ole Miss' biggest need for the 2010 signing class is definitely at cornerback.

The Rebels picked up a key candidate to fill one of those voids Wednesday, when Hollywood (Hills), Fla., corner Tony Grimes signed with Ole Miss. His other finalists were Michigan and Maryland.

"After checking out a number of schools and seeing what defenses would fit me best, I have found a program that was perfect for me," Grimes told the Miami Herald. "I am going to Mississippi."

The three-star competed in the USA vs. The World game as well the Offense/Defense game, where he earned the "Best Tackler" award. Grimes (6-0, 175) visited Ole Miss officially Jan. 22, a trip that was his last official visit. He traveled to Michigan and Maryland in the fall.

During his time in Oxford, Miss., Grimes felt it was the best fit.

"A physical defensive team with a coaching staff that really understands and appreciates how I play the game," Grimes said. "It was important for me to attend a school that was the right fit for me all the way around. From the classroom to the playing field, I was very comfortable with Ole Miss."

Opportunity exists at Ole Miss since both starting cornerbacks - Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn -- were seniors. The Rebels dipped into the Sunshine State to snag two of Florida's top cover corners in Grimes and Cliff Coleman.

"My goal is to be a lock-down guy and prove my worth," Grimes said. "The chance to play early is very important."

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