GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida made a move Saturday for five-star recruit Trevon Grimes.
Grimes, the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver for 2017, visited UF for its Junior Day event. Ohio State has been his favorite school for months, but the Gators are now a threat.
“I would put them there at No. 2,” Grimes said. “Ohio State has a pretty decent lead. They’ve been there since I was nothing, but I definitely feel like Florida closed that gap a lot.
“I came up and honestly can’t say anything bad about it. I loved it, and I want to get back up here soon.”
Saturday was Grimes’ first trip to Florida, and he visited with his parents in tow.
“I just met the head coach today. Not for the first time, but I actually got to sit and talk with him,” Grimes said of UF coach Jim McElwain. “He talked to my mom and my dad, too. He just told me where this program is going and what he plans on with me if I come. I definitely feel like me and him are going to build a strong relationship and get closer over the years.
“It was an amazing experience. This was actually my first time on a football tour. I just loved everything about it. … They definitely just made the atmosphere comfortable for me. They made me feel like I fit in here. One of my biggest things is me feeling welcomed at a school, so I definitely felt welcomed today and felt like I could pursue the school a lot more.”
Helping Grimes’ comfort level was his St. Thomas Aquinas teammate, four-star quarterback Jake Allen. The Florida commit accompanied Grimes on the trip from Fort Lauderdale and has been recruiting him to the Gators since last summer.
“He’s in my head every day,” Grimes said of Allen. “I have class with him and every day he talks about Florida to me. I don’t see why he wouldn’t. He’s just doing a little recruiting, and honestly, it’s helped me out a lot.
“Me and him have built a chemistry. He’s been telling me that their offense is going to pick back up, and him coming here in 2017 is a big factor with me. … He’s been telling me a lot about Florida, and I just got to come up here and experience it for myself. As of today, everything that he said to me has lived up to be true.”
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The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder said Florida can compete with Ohio State in his recruitment, but the Buckeyes still have the edge.
“I love everything about Ohio State right now,” Grimes said. “Their (receivers) coach, Zach Smith, me and him just have built a bond since my freshman year. I’m all about chemistry and bonding. I feel like me and him have our closest bond.
“Coach Urban Meyer, me and him have a close bond, too. I feel welcomed at Ohio State. That’s one of the biggest factors there. I’m from Indiana, so I have family all up in that area.”
Grimes and his parents moved to Florida five years ago so he could play high school football in the Sunshine State. He said distance doesn’t matter to him, but going back up north versus staying in the south is something he admittedly thinks about.
“I love this heat,” said Grimes, who plans to visit Florida State next. “You can’t beat this heat and this warmness down here. So I definitely love the atmosphere down in Florida, but if it came down to it, that wouldn’t be a major factor.”
Grimes doesn’t have a set date for his decision, and said he’ll make it whenever the time is right.