GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Add another big-name transfer to the Florida Gators offense.
The Gators announced Friday through coach Dan Mullen’s Twitter account that Ohio State wide receiver and former 4-star recruit Trevon Grimes has transferred to Florida, adding another key skill position player at Mullen’s disposal.
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) December 22, 2017
Grimes, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native and a former high school standout at powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, played in just two games during his freshman year at Ohio State and recorded 3 catches for 20 yards. He shared the news on Twitter shortly after the move was official, thanking Ohio State for “giving me the opportunity many kids dream of” before saying he needed to be closer to home due to “Family health issues.”
— GrimeTime™ (@Trevongrimes8) December 22, 2017
The news was first reported by David Furones of the Sun Sentinel. Grimes was a 4-star wide receiver in the 2017 recruiting cycle. He was the No. 41 player in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Grimes is the second receiver from a Power 5 conference to transfer to Florida, following former Ole Miss wideout Van Jefferson. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver will likely have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility remaining.
And his presence adds value to a position that needs talent.
Despite having a roster littered with blue-chip prospects, the Gators don’t have many proven receivers now that Antonio Callaway opted to sign with an agent and prep for the NFL draft.
Tyrie Cleveland is the top option and a deep-field threat, but his production was limited for the back half of his sophomore year after he suffered an ankle injury against Vanderbilt.
The rest of the group has been lackluster to say the least, whether it was due to poor offensive play-calling, quarterback production, lack of ceiling on their part or any combination of the three.
Former 4-star receivers Josh Hammond and Freddie Swain combined for just 342 yards on 26 catches, while speedster JUCO transfer Dre Massey had just 11 catches and 149 yards in his first year back from a torn right ACL. Versatile threat Kadarius Toney showed flashes early in his freshman year before a shoulder injury caused his production to dip late.
Florida’s top three receivers in the class — Jacob Copeland, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyquan Thornton — have all de-committed. The lone receiver remaining in the class as of now is 3-star recruit Corey Gammage, who did not sign during the early signing period and would not be on campus until the fall.
DaQuon Green, who redshirted last season, also will have a chance to be in the mix next year.