Monday, March 15, 2010
Updated: March 18, 3:36 PM ET
Grimble focused on being the best
By JC Shurburtt
LAS VEGAS -- Jalen Grimble (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) isn't one to let success slow him down.
The ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive lineman is one of the West's top prospects and has scholarship offers pouring in. He even helped the Bishop Gorman basketball team win a state championship. But none of that distracts him from his goal.
"A lot of people told me that it was going to take me working as hard as I have ever worked to be one of the best to ever come out of Bishop Gorman, so that's what I've been doing," Grimble said.
Young for his age (he will be 17 when he graduates), Grimble continues to reshape and develop. He has slimmed down since last spring, thanks in part to his training and a state championship basketball season. Grimble did not miss a beat in the weight room after coming over from hoops. He maxes out at 335 pounds on the bench press and more than 400 pounds on the squat.
"He's done a heck of a job building his body and then the last part is developing that tenacity on the field and that fire, which he is doing," Bishop Gorman head coach Tony Sanchez said. "Once you combine all of that with his God-given ability, the sky is the limit."
USC, UCLA, LSU, Stanford, Miami, Nebraska, Michigan, Arkansas, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington are some of the scholarship offers the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder has racked up thus far.
Grimble will visit Nebraska for the Cornhuskers' spring game next month. There also is a visit to Stanford in the works. There is nothing definitive, but there's a good chance that Grimble will narrow his list this summer and possibly decide before his senior year begins, similar to his cousin, Under Armour All-American tight end Xavier Grimble, who committed to USC last summer.
His father, Jerry Grimble, confirmed that his son is wide open in terms of a college decision and that the family wants to visit a number of schools this spring and summer to get everything narrowed down.
"One day he likes one school, one day he likes the other," Jerry Grimble said.
But the one constant is every day he keeps working on getting better and better.
Other 2011 prospects at Gorman
• Safety Evan Zeger recently committed to Washington, where his father played football. Zeger played last season at Skyline High in Sammamish, Wash., but returned to Las Vegas and Bishop Gorman to play his senior year for the Gaels.
• Center A.C. Patterson holds scholarship offers from UTEP and Nevada, but is getting attention from Washington State, Idaho and UCLA. The 6-1, 290-pounder has a bench press max of 330 pounds and was an All-American Catholic School selection his junior year.
J.C. Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.