February 20, 2013

Grimes family ties led him to CMU

Central Michigan officially kicked off the 2014 recruiting season with the commitment of ATH Trent Grimes. Last season the 6-foot-0 and 200 pound Grimes ran for 901 yards on just 117 carries for Fenton (Mich.), while also piling up 326 yards receiving. Combined he had 13 total touchdowns, but if he hopes to top those numbers, it will be at a different school.

Grimes is currently at Flint (Mich.) Powers, and although the decision to change schools was not an easy one, it was the best decision for him and his family.

"All my family went to Flint Powers," added Grimes. "I have a few cousins that go there now, and my family really wanted me to get back to my roots and go to church more. It was really a family decision, and my whole family thought it was the best move."

With a close knit family, it's no coincidence that he ended up at Central Michigan. Grimes is what many recruiting fans call a "Legacy Recruit". His uncle was former CMU tight end Mark Hopkins, who played for the Chippewas from 1986-89 and was a two-time 2nd Team All-MAC performer.

"My uncle Mark played at CMU and then went to the NFL," said Grimes. "And then both my mom and dad are alumni, so I've always grown up around the school and the program. But I spent time around the campus and really just fell in love with it and the entire school. At first CMU really didn't recruit me, I actually went to Toledo and Ball State for visits and really enjoyed it, but once they started recruiting me I knew where I wanted to go."

Grimes was one of many high profile players who visited Central Michigan on the first weekend of February. Recruits had a chance to see the campus, tour the facilities and really get an up close look at the program.

"I really liked hanging out with the football players," added Grimes. "I'm an athlete and I like to hang around with elite athletes. It was just great to talk to them and see how their average day is, what it really is like to be a Division 1 football player at CMU."

As the first commit in the 2014 class, Grimes indicated he will definitely be in the ear of other recruits who are considering CMU. With Michigan having a terrific in-state class in 2014, having a commitment who bleeds maroon and gold will be a major asset, and the Chippewas couldn't be more thrilled to add Grimes. And if CMU fans needed more proof that Grimes is Chippewa? He is already using the school's slogan.

"When I called and told Coach (Dan) Enos that I committed, man he was fired up!," laughed Grimes. "There was a lot of laughing, and they were all very excited. Right now I am coming in as a running back, but they recruited me as an athlete so I will play anywhere that they need me."

Grimes is the first commitment in the class of 2014. We will have more on him as he prepares for his senior season and competes in different camps and combines in the region. Although his primary position is running back, he also projects on the defensive side of the as either a safety or linebacker.

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